MIS to participate in MDOT program

Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup

Michigan International Speedway, one of the most famous two-mile speedways in the world, has added two more miles to its venue —well, sort of.

The speedway has adopted a two-mile stretch of US Highway 12, from about Highway 127 east to Wheaton Road, as part of the Michigan Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway program. The stretch of highway is approximately six miles from the Irish Hills track and serves as a main point of entry for race fans during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekends.

“At MDOT, we feel that a good transportation system is important to everyone’s quality of life and we want our highways to be a source of pride for each and every community in Michigan,” said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle.  “We’re happy Michigan International Speedway has taken initiative to adopt a stretch of highway on US-12 in their local community.”

The Adopt-A-Highway program began in 1990 with 24 groups and has enjoyed widespread popularity for 20 years. MDOT estimates more than 2,800 volunteer groups participated last year, hauling away 75,000 bags of litter. More than 1.8 million bags of trash have been cleared since 1990, which would fill approximately 9,500 garbage trucks.

The collective efforts of these volunteer groups save MDOT about $1.5 million each year. The public involvement program gets Michigan residents picking up litter on state highways from Ironwood to Detroit three times each year. More than 6,400 miles are already adopted, but many more are available.

The speedway’s first clean-up will take place on Earth Day, April 22. The staff will continue to look after its two-mile stretch at least three times a year, picking up litter as a team.

“We’re very excited to participate in this program and are looking forward to making our stretch of US-12 as clean as our facility,” speedway President Roger Curtis said. “We take great pride in everything we do – especially things that have our name on it! And the two-miles off US-12 are no exception.”

MIS will clean from the Hillsdale/Lenawee County Line East to Wheaton Road, a 2-mile stretch as the permit states. The County Line is basically Highway 127. MIS staff will wear high-visibility, yellow-green safety vests required by federal regulation when cleaning up the road, so please be on the lookout for them.

“Helping to make sure our roadways are clean and inviting is another way we introduce all the positives about the state of Michigan to our guests,” Curtis added. “Most of the fans that travel to our events are from out of the state, so this is one more way of ensuring they have a positive experience from doorstep to doorstep at MIS.”

For more information, including a list of regional coordinators to help groups get started, visit the MDOT Web site at www.michigan.gov/adoptahighway.

Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is the Great Escape, a venerable NASCAR national park where fans can get away and enjoy the very best in racing and camaraderie. It’s the love of racing and the thrill of a great time for race fans and drivers alike. 

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