October 29, 2020
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Today, officials from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced the start of a month-long campaign focused on reminding drivers to be mindful of not littering while traveling along Florida’s roadways. The initiative was created due to an increased presence of trash and debris on the interstate systems in Northeast Florida.
More frequent safety messages will fill social media feeds and efforts will be made to enhance maintenance on the right-of-way. FDOT contractors are responsible for maintaining the roadway and removing debris; however, in order to maximize efficiencies, drivers are encouraged to take responsibility by not littering and securing their loads when traveling with furniture, tools and other large items.
“FDOT is dedicated to providing a safe and efficient transportation system while preserving the quality of Florida’s environment,” said Carrie Stanbridge, FDOT District 2 Maintenance Engineer. “FDOT encourages all road users to demonstrate good behaviors on our state’s roadways, including not littering,” Stanbridge concluded.
Maintenance crews work in eight-week cycles to perform general maintenance obligations such as mowing and litter removal. This schedule ensures taxpayer dollars are used efficiently while properly maintaining the roadway to ensure safer roads for the traveling public.