MNDOT Realizes $7 Million Benefit From Adopt-A-Highway Program
Not only has the Adopt-A-Highway program along Minnesota's highways made them look a whole lot cleaner, it's also provided a cost-savings from the Minnesota Department of Transportation. According to information released by MNDOT, those roadside volunteer garbage pickers saved the state an estimated $7 million in 2018.
Since it was instigated by MNDOT in 1990, the Adopt-A-Highway program has been a successful partnership between the state and it's residents. More than 4,400 segments of state highways are currently adopted by volunteers representing schools, businesses, faith-based organizations and groups, families, and individuals. Want to take part? There's still room for you; more than 700 segments of state highways remain up for adoption - most of them in the Greater Minnesota non-metro area. In the Twin Cities, 28 segments are currently available.
Here are the statistics for Adopt-A-Highway from 2018:
- Estimated cost savings: $7 million
- Bags of litter: 36,000
- Miles of highway cleaned: almost 9,000
- Number of volunteer groups taking part: 3,500
- Hours logged cleaning roadways: 282,000