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Volunteers clean highway roadsides

The Michigan Department of Transportation is advising motorists to use extra caution beginning this weekend, as thousands of Adopt-A-Highway volunteers will head back to state roadways to pick up litter.
Participants in the MDOT program will clean highway roadsides at various times between Saturday and July 24 during the second of three scheduled pickups this year.
MDOT officials said Adopt-A-Highway volunteers collect about 70,000 bags of trash, generating about a $5 million value annually for state taxpayers. The program began in 1990 and has grown to involve nearly 3,000 groups cleaning 6,400 miles of highway, including M-60, M-66, M-86, and M-103 in St. Joseph County.
Volunteers include members of civic groups, businesses and families. Crew members have to be at least 12 years old and each group must include at least three people. Groups are asked to adopt a section of highway for at least two years.
Sections of highway are still available for adoption. Interested groups can get more information online at: Michigan.gov/adoptahighway.

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