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PennDOT Urges Motorists to Stop Littering, Performs District Litter Cleanup

05/19/2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 19, 2017
 
PennDOT Urges Motorists to Stop Littering, Performs District Litter Cleanup
 
Pittsburgh, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania State Police held a press conference today to urge area motorists to stop littering and be respectful of the region’s aesthetics, to promote good environmental stewardship, and to raise awareness of the issue of litter in the region.
 
“We are asking folks to take pride in the Pittsburgh region and not litter,” said PennDOT District 11 Executive Dan Cessna, P.E. “We not only want a nice place to live and work, but also a region that leaves a positive image on those travelling through. We don’t want visitors to remember us by our garbage littered roadways.”
 
PennDOT and volunteer crews spend a significant amount of time, effort, and expense cleaning trash and other debris discarded on area roadways. These costs could be reduced if motorists stopped littering. In 2016, PennDOT crews spent thousands of hours cleaning up trash along state-owned roadways in District 11’s Allegheny, Beaver, and Lawrence counties. These efforts came at a cost of $1.4 million to taxpayers.
 
“County maintenance funds going to litter clean up could instead be spent delivering a better transportation system. Last year’s litter-pickup cost was enough to pave more than 12 miles of roadway,” said Cessna.   
 
While the department’s primary focus is on safety and maintaining the region’s transportation system, District 11 has 248 maintenance employees available to clean litter as operations allow. The department urges the public to join in the mission to reduce litter on the region’s roadways. In 2016, volunteers collected 23,028 bags of litter and 395 tires in District 11. Groups and individuals can contribute to the cleanup efforts by joining Adopt-A-Highway, Sponsor-A-Highway, or Adopt and Beautify. 
 
For information on participating in the Adopt-A-Highway Program, contact the PennDOT Coordinators listed below:
  • Allegheny County: 412-781-3260
  • Beaver County: 724-774-6610
  • Lawrence County: 724-498-8418
  • District-wide: 412-429-5011
 
For information regarding Sponsor-A-Highway, contact 1-800-200-0003 or visit http://www.adoptahighway.com/pennsylvania. 
 
For information on participating in Adopt and Beautify, contact the District 11 Roadside Specialist at 412-429-4954 or visit http://www.penndot.gov/about-us/RoadsideBeautification/Pages/Adopt-and-Beautify.aspx.
 
PennDOT crews were out yesterday and today collecting trash and debris along roadways in District 11. Motorists are asked to stay alert and drive cautiously in areas where litter crews are working. Watch for advanced signs warning of a litter pick-up and slow down.
 
Motorists are also reminded they can log on to www.511PA.com or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions on major roadways before traveling. Follow regional PennDOT information on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAPittsburgh.
 
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Cowan, 412-429-5010 or Joel Morris, 412-429-5011
                       
 
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