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Riddick's Ride Foundation has adopted a section of road on Route 176 in Island Lake. We felt this was a fitting program to be involved in. Many medically complex children spend much time racking up miles to get to their doctors appointments, therapy ect. Below is a little about the program.
The Illinois Adopt-A-Highway (AAH) program began at IDOT in 1995, and today nearly 1,700 volunteer groups have adopted about 3,400 miles of highway. Each year these groups collect an average of 32,000 bags of trash from state highways. Even with this tremendous effort and the savings generated, Illinois still must spend more than $12.5 million each year to pick up roadside trash. Illinois has the third largest road system in the nation with more than 139,000 miles of state, county, municipal and township roads. The state highway system is made up of about 16,000 center-line miles.
The Illinois Adopt-A-Highway program brings citizen volunteers into partnerships with IDOT to pick up trash and keep our roadsides clean. The program also educates and encourages people to stop littering. Through the cleanup efforts of more than 10,000 Adopt-A-Highway volunteers throughout Illinois, visitors and tourists have a better first impression of our state and roadways are safer because of less roadside debris.