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State Highway Administration crews clean up more than 120 tons of debris as Operation Clean Sweep Maryland continues [PHOTOS]

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BALTIMORE MD—The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration is continuing its litter removal efforts following the launch last month of Operation Clean Sweep Maryland.

The statewide initiative nearly doubles the frequency of litter pickup and mowing efforts along Maryland roads. During the first two weeks of the statewide blitz, crews removed more than 120 tons of debris from areas along Maryland roads.

“Litter is unsightly, unhealthy and has a negative impact on our communities, residents and Maryland’s economic vitality,” said Maryland Transportation Secretary Paul J. Wiedefeld. “Working with our neighbors and our elected officials, State Highway crews are working hard every day to show our pride and protect our environment. We hope all Marylanders will join the mission to keep our state beautiful.”

SHA officials say litter is a statewide issue. The State Highway Administration appreciates citizens who have reported litter they see on our roadways, and urge others to do the same through the service request form found here, or by calling 1-800-323-6742.

“We’re making remarkable progress in our fight to keep Maryland beautiful and remove unsightly litter from our roadsides,” said State Highway Administrator Tim Smith. “As we near mowing season, litter removal is critical in keeping our roadsides maintained.”

Due to a mild winter, State Highway Administration crews anticipate roadside mowing will be required earlier than usual, and litter removal is critical in allowing crews to perform mowing operations safely and efficiently.

In addition to hindering mowing and landscape efforts, litter threatens Maryland’s environmental resources. Trash and other debris can clog or damage drainage systems and ultimately pollute Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay tributaries.

As Operation Clean Sweep Maryland continues, the State Highway Administration reminds motorists that cleanup crews work directly adjacent to traffic. Motorists are asked to pay close attention, reduce speed and move over whenever possible when crews are working along the roadway. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Operation Clean Sweep Maryland supports the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Be a Superhero! Put Litter in Its Place ​campaign, which offers people of all ages educational materials to learn about the devastating effects litter has on Maryland’s economic development, tourism, and quality of life.​

Additional photos can be viewed below.

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