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Officials say slow down for Adopt A Highway crews


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) -- Spring is here and volunteers are now out cleaning up Wisconsin's roads.

Around 3,000 groups will be heading out on state highways to start picking trash as part of the Adopt A Highway program. Officials are asking you to keep a look out for the groups, and state coordinator Christa Wollenzien says the Move Over Law does apply to the volunteers. "We ask that drivers be extra cautious when they see any of these workers on the side of the road, and slow down and be courteous of them being there." Crews will have caution signs in place and wear reflective vests while on site.

Adopt-a-Highway Coordinator Christa Wollenzien says most of the state is covered but they're still looking for volunteers. "8000 or so miles, and that's about 70 percent of the miles we have out there, so there's quite a few roads out there to be adopted." Groups that sign up get their own sign on the side of the road and the gear and equipment they'll need to pick.

If you're looking to sponsor your own stretch of highway, Wollenzien says you can find out more on the DOT's website. "To do the adoption, just go to the DOT website, search 'adopt a highway', and it will bring you to that page to find more information about how to adopt."

Each stretch of road will be cleaned three times over the year.

ON THE WEB:http://www.dot.state.wi.us/localgov/aid/adopt-a-highway.htm