California Department of Transportation District 11 ­ San Diego & Imperial Counties

District 11

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012

Contact: Public Information Officer Hayden Manning

Phone: (619) 688-6670

Caltrans Honors Highway Cleanup Volunteers

SAN DIEGO – The Kiwanis Club of Alpine was one of five award winners today spotlighting Adopt-A-Highway Appreciation Week and California Coastal Cleanup Day by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and I Love A Clean San Diego.

The Kiwanis Club of Alpine was awarded for the most years as a volunteer with the Caltrans Adopt-A-Highway Program – since April 1990.  Other winners were The Fish Market Restaurant for most years as sponsor - since January 1991, California Drain Experts for most locations adopted by a volunteer last year, Lars Remodeling & Design for most locations adopted by a sponsor, and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) crewmembers for the most locations taken out by a one-day permit volunteer group.

The Caltrans Adopt-A-Highway program allows businesses, civic groups and individuals to adopt stretches of roadway, on/off-ramps or Park and Ride lots for litter cleanup, vegetation control, shrub and wildflower plantings or graffiti removal.  Typically, permits are issued for five-year periods, but one-day adoptions are also available.

Also recognized were 11 other one-day permit volunteers for their part in picking up 276 bags of trash last year from eighteen locations saving taxpayers $7,500:  Bob Howell, California Highway Adoption Company, Dan Russell, Hope United Methodist Church, I Love A Clean San Diego, Logan Heights Neighborhood Council, Naval Base San Diego, Our Lady of Angels Church, The Rock Church, San Luis Rey Watershed Council, and Spring Valley Community Planning Group.

Caltrans District Director Laurie Berman said that Caltrans spends almost $1.5 million a year in the San Diego region on litter removal which could easily be spent on other work such as filling potholes or repairing guardrail and signs.

 “People volunteer for many different things – why not the Caltrans Adopt-A-Highway program?” said Berman.  “The efforts of Caltrans Adopt-A-highway participants help the environment, beautify the roadways and free Caltrans workers for other tasks.”

The Caltrans Adopt-A-Highway program allows businesses, civic groups and individuals to adopt stretches of roadway, on/off-ramps or Park and Ride lots for litter cleanup, vegetation control, shrub and wildflower plantings or graffiti removal.  Typically, permits are issued for five-year periods, but one-day adoptions are also available.

Last year, participants picked up more than 10,000 bags of litter and weeds, saving taxpayers $56,000.

Caltrans partnered with I Love A Clean San Diego Executive Director Pauline Martinson to not only highlight the outstanding service of volunteers in the Caltrans Adopt –A-Highway and one-day permit programs in the past year, but to endorse this Saturday’s California Coastal Cleanup Day held locally from 9-noon. 

The webpage at http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist11/aah/adoptahighwaysd.htm lists the   portions of highway and ramps available for adoption.

Contact Natalie Roberts of I Love A Clean San Diego at (619) 704-2773 for information about participating in Coastal Cleanup Day.  http://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/ccd/ccd2.html


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