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June 2, 2015

RE: NJDOT Announces Statewide Trash Removal Campaign

Dear Mayor:

New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner Jamie Fox has announced a statewide campaign to beautify New Jersey’s highways by cleaning up litter and graffiti.

Another way New Jersey keeps its roads clean is the Adopt-A-Highway program. It is a comprehensive, statewide, volunteer program created by the NJDOT and the New Jersey Clean Communities Council to encourage volunteers to clean and maintain state highways.  Organizations receive safety training and are responsible for cleaning the segment of highway four times a year for two years. For more information, visit http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/community/cleanupnj/.

Also, to report a roadway maintenance issue on a state highway, motorists can call 1-800-POTHOLE or click on the Highway Maintenance Reporting button on the NJDOT homepage at www.nj.gov/transportation

NJDOT maintenance crews, who have been busy repairing potholes after another harsh winter, will now turn their attention to picking up trash and removing graffiti with a renewed focus on the important job of improving the appearance of New Jersey roadways. Litter can also clog storm drains and create potentially dangerous flash-flood conditions along roadways.

Since 2010, NJDOT’s ‘Clean Up NJ’ initiative has had crews execute multiple maintenance functions along a single corridor to take care of all needs at once, from picking up litter, mowing grass, trimming trees and bushes, fixing guiderail, filling potholes and covering up graffiti.   Within days, the targeted corridor is transformed. The Department spends about $2.5 million each year to pick up trash and clean graffiti.  NJDOT crews and the Department of Corrections inmates have collected about 10,500 tons of litter along state highways since FY2013.  

For the past four years, NJDOT has enlisted the help of the Department of Corrections, which provides 100 inmates split up into 10 crews of 10 inmates to pick up litter and perform close-cutting with weed whackers near sign posts and guiderails.  In 2014, the inmate program picked up 68,000 bags of litter totaling 1.4 million pounds of trash.

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

 

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