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News Release

April 21, 2004

Mn/DOT applauds the efforts of Adopt-a-Highway volunteers

MANKATO, Minn. - As spring bursts forth, so do the thousands of Adopt-a-Highway volunteers across the state of Minnesota. Specifically in south central and southwestern Minnesota, there are close to 500 active community organizations cleaning nearly 90 percent of the state highways throughout Sibley, LeSueur, Waseca, Nicollet, Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Martin, Watonwan, Cottonwood, Jackson, Nobles and Rock counties.

"It's fitting that during National Volunteer Week, April 18 - 24, we say thank you and recognize the efforts of the hundreds of volunteers and organizations that participate in Minnesota's Adopt-a-Highway program," said District 7 Transportation Engineer, Jim Swanson. "This is an invaluable service to all Minnesotans and helps leave visitors with a positive impression of Minnesota as they travel highways throughout the state, especially here in southern Minnesota," Swanson added.

Each sponsoring organization agrees to pick up roadside trash along a two-to-three mile section of state highway for a minimum of two years. Volunteers' efforts help beautify roadsides and also save taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in litter removal costs. "Thanks to these dedicated volunteers and their organizations, the resources used to pick up litter can instead be invested in highway improvement and safety projects," added Swanson.

Mn/DOT provides the volunteers safety training, orange vests, and trash bags. Once the trash is collected, Mn/DOT maintenance personnel remove the bags from the roadsides. For safety reasons, volunteers do not pick up hazardous materials and are instructed to report the location of the hazardous items immediately to Mn/DOT offices.

To learn more about getting involved in Mn/DOT's Adopt-a-Highway program, log onto the web site http://www.dot.state.mn.us/adopt or call your nearest Mn/DOT District Office. In south central Minnesota, there are offices in Mankato at 507-389-6881 or toll free 1-800-657-3747; or in Windom at 507-831-1207 or toll free 1-800-804-3295.

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District 7, Mankato/Windom
501 S. Victory Dr.
Mankato, MN 56001-5302
Tel: 800/657-3747
Fax: 507/389-6281

Contact:
Rebecca Arndt
Public Affairs Coordinator
507/389-6883