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NC State chapter of ITE-ASHE- AREMA recognized for 25 years of service by Adopt-A-Highway Program

Volunteers from the NC State student chapter of ITE-ASHE-AREMA and Women’s Transportation Seminar at an Adopt-A-Highway event in 2021

The NC State student chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, American Society of Highway Engineers, and American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (ITE-ASHE- AREMA) received recognition from the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) for its 25 years of participation in the Adopt-A-Highway Program. The group, which is advised by CCEE professor Dr. George List, has been a part of the program since March 24, 1997 and was awarded a plaque, two 25-year stars for its Adopt-A-Highway signs, and a new safety vest with a 25-year seal. 

The chapter has a long-standing commitment to maintaining a stretch along Jones Franklin Road in Raleigh, North Carolina. Nearly 5,000 Adopt-A-Highway groups have adopted approximately 10,000 miles of state-maintained roads, according to a letter from Kimberly Wheeless, program outreach coordinator for the NCDOT Office of Beautification. Last year approximately 40,000 volunteers from all 100 counties picked up nearly 1 million pounds of litter.

The group helped collect more than 20 bags of trash and recycling along Jones Franklin Road in October 2021.

“Adopt-A-Highway volunteers save the taxpayers millions of dollars annually in roadside cleanup costs,” Wheeless said. “This success would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of volunteers like [the NC State student chapter of ITE-ASHE- AREMA]. Thank you for your dedication to keeping North Carolina roadsides clean and beautiful.”