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Nebraska's Adopt-A-Highway Program
2015 - Great Nebraska Trash-Off will be April 1 - April 30
Nebraska Celebrates 25 Years of Adopt-a-Highway
During the month of April, the Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR) is celebrating 25 years of “Adopt-a-Highway.” On April 8, Governor Pete Ricketts signed a proclamation naming April as “Adopt-a-Highway Volunteer Appreciation Month” in Nebraska, during a ceremony at the State Capitol. In addition, the month of April is designated as the “Great Nebraska Trash-Off” – a time for all groups to conduct spring cleaning in their areas.
The first Adopt-A-Highway program in the nation began in Texas in 1985, and is now international in scope. Nebraska's program officially began in April of 1990, through the efforts of Gretna State Senator, Emil Beyer.
The program is currently sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Roads. More info is available by calling 402-479-4843.
In the past years, the Adopt-a-Highway program has grown to cover about one-quarter of the State’s 10,000 miles of roads and currently 900 groups have adopted a section of Nebraska roadsides as their own.
Participants in the "Great Nebraska Trash-Off" must follow the Basic Guidelines for Adopt a Highway (below).
Those wishing to participate in 2015 should contact their local NDOR office (see map below).
The "Great Nebraska Trash Off " is an annual event, usually held in April/May. This marathon period of cleaning Nebraska highways generates lots of fun and competition between groups, as well as good publicity for the program and those who participate.
How to Make a Stretch of Highway Your Very Own
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