The ‘Adopt a Highway’ program has been in effect for 30 years in Macomb County. Volunteer groups and individuals in the program adopt a section of a roadway to keep the area clean of trash and debris. Macomb County has 1,700 miles of county roads, but only 480 miles have been adopted by this program. The volunteers who adopt a highway commit to cleaning a one mile stretch of road at least twice a year.
County Executive Mark Hackel has decided that more of the roadways need to be adopted and wants to help the highway adoption program by challenging the entire Macomb community to collectively take responsibility for 1,000 miles of roads. Keeping the roadways clean will help to reduce the amount of debris that floats through the storm sewers into the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair.
Mr. Hackel notes that schools require community service projects for their students and the Adopt-A-Highway program would be a win-win for both sides. Other school groups like student clubs, choirs, Honor Society members and sports teams could also get involved.
Not one to just spout ideas and not get involved, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel has adopted a section of Metropolitan Parkway in Clinton Township as his one mile to keep clean.
Macomb County Department of Roads has convinced 41B District Judge Sebastian Lucido to ‘Adopt’ two miles of roadside cleanup as part of the community service he requires for individuals guilty of non-violent misdemeanors.
An easy three-step adoption process and a commitment of just two clean-ups a year is all it takes to make a positive impact in Macomb County. To learn more about the Adopt-A-Highway program or to volunteer as a participant, go online to Macomb County’s ‘Adopt-A-Highway’ program website or call 586-463-8671