New programs work to keep roadways clean of litter and trash

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Litter and dumped trash are a familiar sight in many areas of Terre Haute, the Wabash Valley and the state. But new programs aim to make debris covered roads a thing of the past. 

A massive cleanup effort is underway in the Hoosier state.   

“This new effort is directly reflective in response to what Hoosier across the state are telling us and so far, it’s been successful,” INDOT Communication Director Scott Manning said.  

Greener Crossroads is a new initiative by the Indiana Department of Transportation.  

The more than 50-million-dollar investment helps keep interstates and highways mowed more often, trees trimmed, weeds sprayed and removes trash.  

So far this year more than 40 thousand hours have been dedicated to cleaning up the roadways leading to more than 140 thousand bags of trash in the state and that was just crews first round of clean up.  

“To give you some perspective that would be enough trash bags to fill about 15 hundred, of our INDOT yellow trucks that you see out during the winter season plowing snow so that’s a significant amount of trash that has been cleaned up off of our roadways,” Manning said.   

In Vigo County the war on litter bugs has also seen success with the use of trail cameras.  

“Since we put cameras out in the county, we had hopes of catching people dumping but with WTWO’s help we’ve actually got the word out so well that dumping as far as load of trash has really stopped,” Vigo County Commissioner Brendan Kearns said.   

Just Friday, Vigo County Commissioner Kearns received this picture of items discarded along a highway.  

He says the county will continue its fight and add more cameras. 

“We definitely seen a huge decline in the amount of dumping in Vigo County and that’s something I’m excited about,” Kearns said.    

Starting next week inmates from the Vigo County Jail will be participating in a revitalize program that will have inmates picking up trash along road ways. 

INDOT workers will be making more cycles to clean up the road’s ways in the upcoming months.  Official ask that if you see crews working to remember to slow down and move over.  

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