Pacific Region ‘Adopts-a-Highway’

| September 7, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photo by
Howard Sugai
Installation Management Command-Pacific Region Public Affairs

Installation Management Command-Pacific Region volunteers collect debris on the main road at Fort Shafter, Aug. 20, as a community service project to rid Hawaii highways of debris. FORT SHAFTER — Installation Management Command-Pacific Region volunteers have adopted the main road that approaches, here, as a community service project to help rid Hawaii highways of unsightly trash and debris.

Pacific Region teamed with the Hawaii State Department of Transportation and signed up for the Highways Division’s “Adopt-a-Highway” program, which provides opportunities for community organizations to help keep Hawaii roadways clean and pristine.  

Lathered in sunscreen and clad in protective headgear, sunglasses, work gloves and bright orange safety vests, Pacific Region road warriors set out to patrol their designated roads outside the post, Aug. 20, on their first pick-up.

As part of their safety briefing, volunteers were instructed to focus on easily recognizable and recoverable ground-surface trash. Digging below ground level was strongly discouraged due to the danger of uncovering broken glass or needles. The location of items such as car batteries, dead animals and tree branches were to be noted and reported to the Highways Division for pick-up later. 

Pacific Region’s Mark McClure laid claim to the find-of-the-day: brass knuckles and a gold ring, missing the stone.

As a thank you, the DoT’s Highways Division erected a road sign prominently displaying the name “U.S. Army IMCOM Pacific” along the route.

Helen Gibson Ahn, region project coordinator, was a strong advocate to adopt this project.  

“The Adopt-A-Highway program is a perfect fit for the region,” Gibson Ahn said. “It offers the opportunity to support our community and neighborhood, while providing physical activity and exercise. 

“It also fosters camaraderie among coworkers, and is a project that we can do in an afternoon and gives us great visibility and publicity,” she said.

Under terms of the adoption agreement, volunteers are required to patrol their adopted roadways at least once each quarter. The next pick-up date is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 12. 

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