I’m not sure if every state does this, but in California, organizations can “adopt” a stretch of freeway, in a program called “adopt a highway”:
The Caltrans Adopt-A-Highway Program provides an avenue for individuals, organizations, or businesses to help maintain sections of roadside within California’s State Highway System. Groups have the option to participate as volunteers or to hire a maintenance service provider to perform the work on their behalf.
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Participation can include one or more of the following activities:
- Removing litter (work frequency varies with location).
- Planting and establishing trees or wildflowers.
- Removing graffiti.
- Controlling vegetation.
As we were cruising down the 5 freeway through Bakersfield, Mrs. P. surveyed the garbage-strewn section of road and said: “Wow. There sure is a lot of trash on the freeway. Wonder who adopted this stretch of highway?”
I looked up and immediately saw a sign that said the name of the organization that had adopted the trash-covered portion of road: the Kern County Medicinal Collective.
Yeah, it’s exactly what it sounds like.
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