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PennDOT releases virus guide to volunteer groups

Adopt-A-Highway activities resuming statewide

HARRISBURG — PennDOT has announced guidance for groups looking to beautify their communities as Adopt-A-Highway activities resume across the state, including mask wearing, social distancing and frequent hand sanitizing.

These activities were suspended as part of Pennsylvania’s efforts to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

“As Pennsylvania reopening efforts continue, these vital volunteer clean-up activities will resume,” PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian said. “I am grateful to the thousands of volunteers and encourage their continued vigilance to protect their health and the health of others while helping to keep Pennsylvania beautiful.”

PennDOT’s AAH volunteer coordinators have received guidance to help ensure continued virus mitigation as the groups’ important volunteer cleanup activities continue.

In continued preventive measures against the spread of COVID-19, volunteers must adhere to all guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state Department of Health while carrying out AAH activities.

As always, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will provide volunteer groups with safety vests, trash bags, work gloves and other equipment as requested by AAH coordinators. For safety, the Pennsylvania State Police will be notified of all scheduled events. PennDOT will pick up bagged litter from the roadside.

While AAH cleanups will commence on state-maintained highways, areas that are non-state maintained can be cleaned and adopted through Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. More information is available at https://www.keeppabeautiful.org/keep-it/adoption-program/.

To join an existing AAH team or start your own, visit the Adopt-A-Highway page under “Roadway Beautification” at www.PennDOT.gov.

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