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Annual spring clean-up requires extra caution from drivers

EDMONTON, Alta. -- Drivers are asked to be extra cautious in Alberta this weekend, as thousands of young people tak...


EDMONTON, Alta. — Drivers are asked to be extra cautious in Alberta this weekend, as thousands of young people take to the ditches for their annual roadside spring cleaning.

It’s the 26th year for the Annual Highway Clean-up, and last year more than 10,000 participants representing 369 youth groups took part.

All told, they collected more than 35,000 bags of garbage and cleaned more than 5,500km of highway. But the program’s success hinges on the courtesy of drivers, who are asked to slow down and keep their eyes peeled for the children.

“Motorists can play a major role in making Highway Clean-up Day a success by reducing their speed through clean-up areas and obeying all signs,” says Ed Stelmach, Minister of Transportation. “Ensuring the safety of all the volunteers is our number one priority.”

Signs will be posted along the highway near clean-up zones. If the weather is poor on Saturday, the clean-up will take place May 11.


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