We’re canceling our Weds., Sept. 17, 2014 meeting in favor of a fresh air “working meeting” — with rakes and trash bags. Our club is adopting a 2-mile stretch of Route 9, from the Valatie Medical Arts building to Kinderhook Village square. At least four times a year for the next two years (at least) we’ll don our highway vests and hard hats, get out our tools and clear litter along the road.
In 1990, with strained DOT budgets, NYS enacted its Adopt-a-Highway program as a way to involve citizens in the caring for highways. Today groups and individuals have adopted about 5000 miles of highway. They make roadways safer and more attractive. They help build community awareness about disposing of litter properly and help grow community pride. As the DOT stated, “There is a very real human need for aesthetically pleasing roadsides in spite of the reality that highway beautification simply cannot compete on an even level with highway safety for ever-diminishing public funds.” We hope to help solve this problem for an important stretch of Route 9 in the Tri-Village community.