No you haven’t read it wrong, there is a sign on 9th Street (Hwy. 3240) in Russellville across from Maple Grove Cemetery that reads “The Peanut Butter Sucker.” This sign signifies a group who has applied for a two-mile stretch of highway through the Kentucky Adopt-A-Highway program. The program assigns applicants responsibility for its cleaning at certain times of the year. At this time the group identifying themselves as “Peanut Butter Sucker” is unknown by many, but they are definitely drawing attention from those passersby who admit to taking a second look after reading the sign for the first time. According to the Kentucky Transportation Department, the application for “The Peanut Butter Sucker” was approved.
The Adopt-A-Highway program is a statewide effort to reduce roadside litter and to keep Kentucky’s highways beautiful. Litter-free roads promote a clean environment, foster civic pride and save taxpayer dollars.
Kentucky has participated in the International Adopt-A-Highway Program since 1988. The program has 26,000 miles of State Primary, State Secondary, State Supplemental and Rural Secondary Roads. The program does not cover any interstates or parkways. Currently, there are nearly 700 Adopt-A-Highway Groups in the state, focusing on 4,800 miles of road. With more involvement, the state can maintain more roads.
There is no fee associated with adopting a roadway.
Any permanently established business, association, community or public organization, or government entity can adopt a stretch of highway. Participants must be at least 13 years of age. Anyone under age 18 must be supervised by an adult.
Participation in the Adopt-a-Highway program is on a strictly volunteer basis. KYTC does not compensate groups or individual participants.
Groups agree to adopt a minimum of two miles for a period of two years. Volunteer groups may renew the contract at the end of the two years.
Groups commit to at least four cleanups a year, three of which are scheduled by KYTC.
Cleanups involve both sides of the road within the adopted section.
Filled bags will be picked up by KYTC Maintenance Crews if requested.
KYTC provides volunteer groups with safety vests, trash bags, and warning signs.
All groups must review roadside safety information with all participants prior to each cleanup.
One sign will be installed on the adopted roadway with the name of the organization or group.
Groups are asked to complete a survey after each cleanup.
For more information on how to become part of the Adopt-A-Highway program, contact one of the Adopt-A-Highway Coordinators to learn more about the program and to identify available highways at -502-564-3419.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.