Botetourt County is working with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to promote the Adopt-a-Highway program. The program provides an opportunity for individuals, families, businesses, or civic groups to clean up litter along the county’s roadways. This work helps to keep Virginia and Botetourt clean and saves money, which can be used for other critical highway-related projects.

Each year, nearly 18,000 Adopt- a-Highway volunteers collect more than 25,600 bags of waste along Virginia’s highways. After more than 30 years, VDOT’s Adopt-a-Highway program has become one of the largest such programs in the country.

Interested individuals or groups can reach out to VDOT at 1-800-FOR-ROAD in order to request adoption of a two-mile section of road. Roads can be requested near home or work or the local Adopt-a-Highway coordinator can recommend an available road. Once an application is approved and two trash pickups are documented, a sign is posted along the roadway identifying the adopting individual or group.

Botetourt County has more than 20 groups and individuals currently participating in the Adopt-a-Highway program. These dedicated volunteers collect trash on and help keep clean over 38 miles of roads in the county. And, the program is always looking to expand.

More information on the program, including a video outlining the program and volunteer responsibilities, can be found at: https://www.virginiadot.org/programs/prog-aah-faqs.asp.

Any questions should be directed to local Adopt-a-Highway Coordinator Janet Harris at 387-5497 or janet.harris@vdot.virginia.gov.

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