The Minnesota Adopt a Highway program celebrates 30 years. The Minnesota Department of Transportation thanks over 3,800 volunteer groups for their help in keeping the roadways clean.

"The Adopt a Highway program is proof that Minnesotans care about their state. Volunteers picking up litter along our roadways also allows our MnDOT crews to focus on other work, like repairing guardrail, mowing and keeping highways safe,” said Ann McLellan, statewide Adopt a Highway manager.

Groups range in size from 4 to 25 people. Volunteers are asked to commit to the program for at least two years and pick up litter on both sides of the highway a minimum of twice a year. The average length of the highway is two miles.

Volunteers are provided with safety training, trash bags and safety vests. The agency picks up filled trash bags and posts signs with the names of volunteer groups.

The program began in 1990. For more information, visit the program website: www.dot.state.mn.us/adopt/.