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Don’t mess with Md. roads, state officials say

April 22nd, 2017 by WCBC Radio

It might not be you, but someone is throwing out all that litter that lines area roads. And on Earth Day, state road crews want you to know that cleaning it up is a waste of time and money. WTOP reports “The state of Maryland spends $8 million [a year] picking up trash,” said Valerie Burnette Edgar, spokeswoman for the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration.

 

“Our maintenance forces could easily be filling potholes, redoing lines, fixing signs, mowing — this is money that could be put toward resurfacing,” she said.

 

And of course, littering can harm the environment. Stormwater can sweep trash into streams and rivers and even end up in reservoirs for drinking water and/or the Chesapeake Bay, SHA Administrator Greg Slater said.

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