California Department of Transportation District 11 & San Diego & Imperial Counties

District 11

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013

Contact: Caltrans Media Information Cathryne Bruce-Johnson

Phone: (619) 688-6670


Caltrans Celebrates the Heroes of Litter

SAN DIEGO – Caltrans and I Love A Clean San Diego celebrated the heroes of litter today at Adopt-A-Highway Appreciation Day.  Certificates of appreciation were awarded to volunteers who went above and beyond in their contributions to the program this past year.  These volunteers give their personal time and resources saving taxpayers thousands of dollars each year, and help make a difference in their communities by keeping litter off of San Diego highways, beaches and parks.  Among those recognized, were the 32nd Street San Diego Naval Base, and Calexico Middle School in Imperial Valley.

The Adopt-A-Highway Program gives individuals, groups and businesses an opportunity to adopt stretches of state highways, on/off ramps and Park and Rides for litter cleanup, vegetation control, shrub and wildflower planting and graffiti removal.  Permits are typically issued for a five-year period but participants may also take out a one-day permit or supplemental permit to clean up sections of highways in their communities.  Groups have the option to volunteer and do the work themselves or hire an approved Adopt-A-Highway contractor to perform the work on their behalf.  

This year Caltrans partnered with the Grossmont Mount Helix Improvement Association (GMIA) and kicked off a beautification pilot project at the eastbound Interstate 8/Fuerte Drive Park and Ride.  Volunteers picked up litter, trimmed palm trees, planted vines and laid down mulch.  The GMIA was awarded a certificate of recognition for being the first group to adopt a Park and Ride that consisted of litter, vegetation control, mulch and vine planting.

Caltrans also partnered with I Love A Clean San Diego today to promote California Coastal Cleanup Day taking place locally Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.    This is the annual beach and waterway inlet cleanup and is the largest volunteer event in the state.

For more information on the Adopt-A-Highway Program and available locations please visit our webpage at

For information on how to participate in the annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, contact Executive Director Pauline Martinson of I Love A Clean San Diego at (619) 704-2773, or visit their webpage at

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