More than 20 miles of highway in Routt County available to adopt for clean-up duty

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Roadway up for adoption in Routt County

U.S. Highway 40: Mile markers 116-117, 129-130, 148-151

Colorado Highway 131: Mile markers 51-67

— Karen Schulman knows picking up cigarette boxes and beer cans from the side of the road doesn’t exactly sound nearly as enticing as making turns on a powder day.

But she’s adamant it still can make you feel good.

“When we go to pick up trash once a year for our cleanup day, we have a big picnic over by Howelsen. We have a good time,” Schulman said.

Schulman, the head of Routt County’s Litter Solutions Committee, also is a big promoter of the state’s Adopt a Highway Program.

And Routt County residents who want to flex their philanthropic muscles by helping to keep the area’s highways clean are in luck.

As of Friday, there still are about 21 miles of highway in the county available to adopt for such a task.

On U.S. Highway 40, the available stretches run up on parts of Rabbit Ears Pass as well as to the west near Mount Harris.

On Colorado Highway 131, the stretch goes from just south of U.S. 40 to Oak Creek.

Volunteers in the state’s Adopt a Highway program typically clean up litter on both sides of a 2-mile stretch of highway.

The Colorado Department of Transportation provides volunteers with litter bags, safety vests and safety videos.

CDOT also collects the trash and puts up a sign letting people know who has adopted the highway.

The tightening inventory of adoptable road in Routt County — there were more than 25 miles available in 2010 — comes as other efforts are underway to extend the cleaning to county roads and city streets.

“Adopt a Highway is one small way of keeping roadways clean, and it’s certainly an important one,” Schulman said.

She said Routt County in recent years implemented its own adoption system for some county roads.

She added that the Litter Solutions Committee also has plans to talk to schools, churches and businesses about taking on the responsibility of keeping roads around them in the city clean.

“What we’re trying to do is increase awareness, educate the public and have people and businesses take responsibility for the community, and we need help,” Schulman said.

To learn more about road adoption opportunities in Routt County, call local CDOT coordinator Janelle Berner at 970-826-5160.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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