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Central Texas Geocachers Adopt A Highway!

posted Apr 11, 2012, 5:59 PM by Greg Jewett   [ updated Jan 5, 2015, 8:24 AM ]
The Central Texas Geocachers have been working with the Texas Department of Transportation to adopt a section of the Dessau Road (FM 685).  As of today, April 11th, 2012, the adoption is complete and signs have been posted.

Future regular CITO events will be created to help keep the highway sections clean of litter and looking good.

Everyone is welcome to help the very cool Central Texas Geocachers group the with the clean-up of the section of highway.  If you have any questions or would like to be notified of clean-up events, please send an email to the Ammocan.

More information regarding the Texas Adopt-A-Highway Program.

Information about the Adopt-a-Highway Program

The Adopt-a-Highway program is a promotional campaign undertaken by U.S. states, Provinces and Territories of Canada, and national governments outside North America to encourage volunteers to keep a section of a highway free from litter. In exchange for regular litter removal, an organization is allowed to have its name posted on a sign in the section of the highways they maintain.

The program originated in the 1980s when James Evans, an engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation, saw debris flying out of a pickup truck bed. Litter cleanup by the city was expensive, so Evans sought the help of local groups to sponsor the cleaning of sections of the highway. The efforts of Billy Black, a public information officer, led to quarterly cleanup cycles, volunteer safety training, the issuing of reflective vests and equipment, and the posting of adopt-a-highway signs.

In 1985, the Tyler Civitan Club became the first group to volunteer, adopting two miles along US Route 69 just north of Loop 323 between Tyler and Interstate 20. The program proved to be very successful and has since spread to 49 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and Japan.

Some states, such as Nevada, allow both Adopt-a-Highway and Sponsor-a-Highway programs. In both programs, an organization that contributes to the cleanup is allowed to post its name. However, while an adopting organization provides the volunteers who do the litter pickup, a sponsoring organization instead pays professional contractors to do the work. Because of safety concerns, the latter is more typical in highways with high traffic volumes.

In New York City the Adopt A Highway program has many commercial companies renting out signs for advertisement purposes on both Highways and Parkways. Signs are rented for a term of 1 year and usually consist of about 1 mile of roadway per sign. While rented the program then uses some of the revenue produced to have a crew come in and clean the roadway only within the renters area. 2 types of crews currently clean the roadways. The picking crew removes trash from the side of the road in the grassy areas and a sweeping crew clean dirt in the actual roadway.