Just about nothing trashes a beautiful view like litter on the highway. And in a region with vistas that showcase rivers, towns and hillsides, the view is worth protecting.
With that in mind, Allegheny County is playing off a successful state program and launching its own Adopt-a-Highway effort. The initiative, which is a partnership with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and Allegheny CleanWays, is open to groups or individuals age 18 or over who would like to lead a crew of volunteers to maintain part of a county road or bridge.
Of course, the paving, plowing and landscaping will be left to professionals. But the obligation for volunteers, who must be at least 14 years old, will be to perform a trash pickup at least twice a year. The recommended length of road is three miles. More information, a list of eligible roads and bridges and an application form can be found at www.alleghenycounty.us/alleghenygreen/adoptroad.aspx.
The St. Clair Hospital Green Team has already taken part in the county program. It held a cleanup in September on Bower Hill Road with the help of 32 volunteers.
With more Adopt-a-Highway chapters sponsored by other community-minded groups and people, things will be picking up all over Allegheny County.