By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Needles, California: Employees from Caltrans picked up trash, junk and debris from the shoulders and hillsides along Interstate 40 on Thursday, February 17th, 2022.
On his way to broadcast live the ground breaking the City of Needles’ new Water Well #16, ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary Lopez spotted Caltrans employees picking up trash, junk and debris along the shoulders and hillsides along Interstate 40 near L Street facing West Broadway, off Needles Highway facing River City Pizza Company and the new Hampton Inn and Suites, and near R Street facing a residential neighborhood north of California Avenue.
Trash, junk and debris from passing motorists littering, unsecured and wind blown trash, junk and debris, and left behind items from past break downs or crashes litter shoulders and hillsides along Interstate 40, including along the ground and stuck deep into the vegetation.
Caltrans crews tell ZachNews that when they’re not on a call, responding to assist at a crash scene in closures, clean up or doing repair work, or working on a project along our local highway and interstate, we’re picking up an assortment of trash, junk and debris from along the highway and interstate, from plastic bottles and food waste to vehicle parts and even a damaged kiddie pool.
On an average, Caltrans crews tell ZachNews that they pick up 30 to 50 bags full of trash, junk and debris from along the interstate and highway just in the Needles, California area.
With a small crew serving our area, these Caltrans crews work through the heat, cold, wet and windy weather conditions in the desert and motorists speeding by them as they make sure our local highways and interstates are safe and help clean up the trash, junk and debris mess for the community.
Caltrans and local city officials ask that you help keep these highways and interstates clean by not littering and making sure to securing your trash, junk and other objects before you drive.
Also, get involve in picking up trash, junk and debris from the shoulders and hillsides along highways and interstates by adopting to clean your local highways and interstates.
According to the California Department of Transportation website, the 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.
Started in 1989, the Adopt-A-Highway program has been one of the truly successful government-public partnerships of our time, and more than 120,000 Californians have cleaned and enhanced over 15,000 shoulder-miles of roadside.
*** 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.
The Adopt-A-Highway program is solely administered by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). Adoptions usually span a two-mile stretch of roadside, and permits are issued for five-year periods. Groups in good standing may renew their permits indefinitely.
Participation is free for all volunteers, and signs are included at no charge. Contractors charge fees for their services.
*** For more information regarding the Adopt-A-Highway program or to sign up for the Adopt-A-Highway program, please go to the following websites: ***
ZachNews and our community thanks all of the Caltrans workers who do so much along our highways and interstates, and thanks to the great individuals, organizations, or businesses to help maintain sections of our highways and interstates.