Fitzgerald, Macey Announce Launch of County Adopt-a-Highway Program

PITTSBURGH – Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and County Council Member Bob Macey today announced the launch of an adopt-a-highway program for county-owned roads and bridges. Allegheny County is partnering with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and Allegheny CleanWays to administer the program.

“Adopting roadways is a proven and effective way to address persistent dumping and littering issues and to keep our communities trash-free,” said Fitzgerald. “All it takes is a concerned individual or group of volunteers and a commitment to be part of the solution in keeping Allegheny County and Pennsylvania clean.”

Any interested organization, group or individual 18 years of age or older may adopt a county-owned road or bridge. Volunteers may be 14 years of age or older. Adopting organizations, groups and individuals are asked to organize regular roadside clean-up projects, with a minimum of two events annually. Allegheny County will erect a sign recognizing the individual, group or organization adopting each stretch of roadway.  For a list of county roads and bridges up for adoption, as well as program requirements and application form, visit www.alleghenycounty.us/alleghenygreen/adoptroad.aspx.

Legislation creating the Allegheny County Adopt-a-Highway Program was introduced by Council Member Bob Macey and co-sponsored by all members of County Council. The measure passed unanimously.

“I believe this an effective way for organizations and groups to show their pride in their community by ‘Redding Up’ and helping beautify our county roads and communities,” said Macey.

The St. Clair Hospital Green Team became the first organization to participate in the program by adopting Bower Hill Road from its intersection with Cochran Road in Mt. Lebanon to Vanadium Road at its intersection with Washington Pike in Bridgeville, a distance of approximately 3.4 miles. The team held its first cleanup on September 15 with 32 volunteers, including members of the Mt. Lebanon Fire Department, Kirwan Heights Fire/EMS, and Scott Twp. Police Department. Volunteers picked up 15 bags of trash and five bags of recyclables. The most unusual item encountered was a shopping cart.

The Green Team is holding a second cleanup of Bower Hill Road, as well as Vanadium Road, on Saturday, November 17, and is seeking adult volunteers and students from the community to help. The effort will begin at 8:00 a.m. in the St. Clair Hospital cafeteria on the 2nd floor with a required safety briefing for all cleanup volunteers. Bagels, coffee and juice will be provided. Any student volunteers who wish to have their participation documented will receive a Certificate of Participation for their hours of community service.

Anyone able to volunteer a few hours of time is asked to contact St. Clair Hospital Green Team President Anita Puccio at 412 942-3878 or anita.puccio@stclair.org.

# # #