Since 1985, Keep Texas Beautiful has maintained an annual contract with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to support TxDOT's antilitter and beautification programs. TxDOT's antilitter campaign began in 1985, when the state's litter pickup expenditures exceeded $20 million and were increasing 15-20 percent each year. The anti-litter program includes:
•The Don't Mess with Texas public awareness and media campaign
•The Adopt-a-Highway program
•$1,000,000 in landscape incentive funds through the Govenor's Community Achievement Awards
•$400,000 annual contract with KTB
Working together these programs not only reversed the trend of litter expenditures but also is now saving taxpayers $2-4 million each year.
One major responsibility in the contract with TxDOT for KTB is the Adopt-a-Highway program. As you come or leave Blanco you will see the Adopt-a-Highway signs with names of people who volunteer to keep two miles of that highway clean.
KTB groups, civic organizations, church groups, businesses, schools and service clubs adopt at least two miles of highway, which they agree to clean four times a year for two years. TxDOT provides safety vests, safety training and trash bags, and hauls away the trash after each pickup.
If you are interested in the Adopt-a-Highway program, call the TxDOT District office in Johnson City at 830-868-7166 for information.