The benefit of the Assign-A-Highway Program is obvious: A county or city is able to keep its road litter free for a relatively low cost. Litter hurts tourism, discourages industry prospects from locating in an area, and says a lot about an obvious lack of respect for the environment and communities.
The Assign-A-Highway Program takes the numerous criminal defendants that are on probation in each county or city and assigns them a section of highway that is to be cleaned up every two weeks. This Program uses a previously untapped resource to help keep roadside litter picked up along primary and secondary roads. Thus, we help keep our counties and cites clean for a very small price to the local government.
Buchanan, Dickenson, & Russell counties have seen tremendous results from the successful implementation of the Assign-A-Highway Program.
In 2004, Buchanan County had 85 probationers assigned to 170 miles of highway. This effort resulted in the cleanup of 146 tons of litter from the roadsides.
In 2005, the county had 247 probationers assigned to 494 miles of highway and they collected over 180 tons of litter.
In July 2004, Dickenson County began the Program and had 92 probationers assigned to 184 miles of highway. This effort resulted in the cleanup of 90 tons of litter from the roadsides.
In 2005, the county had 101 probationers assigned to 202 miles of highway and they collected over 80 tons of litter.
In July 2004, Russell County began the Program and had 88 probationers assigned to 176 miles of highway. This effort resulted in the cleanup of 14 tons of litter from the roadsides.
In 2005, the county had 102 probationers assigned to 204 miles of highway and they collected over 33 tons of litter.