Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
Dec. 9, 2008
VDOT Pilots Online Adopt-a-Highway Maps in Loudoun, Fairfax
Citizens can now view routes in Loudoun and Fairfax counties for Virginia’s Adopt-a-Highway program online. This pilot program uses satellite images viewable in Google Earth to show adopted and available routes.
Loudoun and Fairfax are two of the state’s most active counties in the program, with over 550 miles of adopted roadway in Fairfax, and over 300 adopted miles in Loudoun. Over 3,034 miles are still available for adoption in Fairfax, with 1,216 miles in Loudoun.
“We want to make finding and choosing roads for adoption as easy as possible,” said Morteza Salehi, VDOT’s Northern Virginia District Administrator. ”Our Adopt-a-Highway volunteers provide an invaluable service to the Commonwealth, and we hope that this new online service will also help potential volunteers see the local impacts of this program.”
To view the routes, users should install the Google Earth program (free for download) on their computer. They can then load Loudoun and Fairfax Adopt-a-Highway maps from VDOT’s Northern Virginia Adopt-a-Highway page. These maps will be updated at least monthly to show newly adopted and available routes.
Adopt-a-Highway volunteers agree to pick up litter on their selected route four times a year for two-year increments. In return, VDOT provides trash bags, vests and highway signs recognizing the adopting group.
VDOT’s volunteer coordinators work with each interested group to ensure that a stretch of road is a good fit for a group’s age, activity level, handicaps, desired length, etc. The adoption process usually takes 2-3 weeks, and signs recognizing the adopting organization are installed along the route within 90 days.
Citizens interested in adopting a stretch of road in Fairfax County can contact Cynthia Mercer (firstname.lastname@example.org), and those in Loudoun can contact Lynn Sivels (email@example.com). For Adopt-a-Highway coordinators in other counties and more information on the program, visit VDOT’s Adopt-a-Highway page.
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