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04/26/2019 11:32 AM

Agencies plan clean-up week on US 85 in May

In order to keep North Dakota beautiful, the Theodore Roosevelt Expressway Association (TRE) is partnering with the North Dakota Department of Transportation and a number of agencies to conduct a clean-up of US 85 in western North Dakota. The agencies plan to hold a US 85 Clean-up Week from May 13 through May 19.

This event is an effort to pick up trash along the corridor and to promote a litter free roadway. In order to get this project done, many volunteers will be needed. Those interested in volunteering for clean-up week should contact Cal Klewin, TRE Executive Director, at 701-523-6171 or email him at cal@trexpressway.com

This clean-up effort is in addition to other litter control programs already in place. In addition to this beautification project here are some tips for litter prevention:

  • Set an example for others by not littering.
  • Keep a litter bag in your car and hang on to litter until you find a garbage receptacle
  • Large or heavy items should be firmly secured with solid straps, rope, bungee cords or netting. Tie large items directly to your vehicle.
  • Cover loose, lighter items such as tree clippings with a sturdy plastic or canvas tarp or netting. Tie the tarp securely to the vehicle, or it might become road debris as well.
  • Put lighter weight things at the bottom of the load and make sure they are secure. Evenly distribute the load to prevent it from sliding.
  • Keep material level with truck bed or trailer unless tied down, netted or tarped. Materials below the truck bed should also be secured if there’s any chance of them blowing out or falling from the vehicle.
  • If you see litter pick it up if possible.

In North Dakota it’s against the law to litter with a minimum fine of $500. If litter amounts to more than one cubic foot in volume or consisted of furniture or a major appliance, the offense is a class B misdemeanor. Maximum penalty of 30 days’ imprisonment, a fine of $1,500, or both, may be imposed.

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