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I-69 Spring Clean-up Day Set for April 17
By West Kentucky Star Staff
MAYFIELD - Mayfield and Graves County officials have organized a community clean-up day for sections of Interstate-69 on Saturday, April 17.

The City of Mayfield says local civic and school organizations, church groups and families are asked to help pick up discarded trash that has accumulated along the highway.

Local leaders, such as Graves County Sheriff Jon Hayden and former sheriff and police chief John Davis, have noted the increase in trash around the county and city. Graves County Jailer George Workman says the jail’s litter abatement program had collected 16 tons of trash since January along Graves County roadways, which did not include discarded tires.

The clean-up day will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the side parking lot at Wagner Wine and Spirits, located at 1505 W. Broadway. Participants are asked to park along the side of the business and not block Wagner’s drive-thru or main parking area.

Volunteers will be given instructions, traffic safety vests, any needed personal protective equipment, and will be divided into groups and assigned an area to pick up litter. Participants will be required to social distance and wear masks.

Water will be provided by Casey’s General Store and transportation from the meeting site to clean up locations will be through the Fulton County Transit Authority.

The areas of focus will be a stretch along I-69, from the KY-80 interchange to the US-45 North exit and possibly on to the KY-131 exit, as well as areas along US-45 South near the KY-80 interchange.

Those who take part in the community clean-up day are asked to not go directly to a location along I-69. For safety purposes, groups will remain together, and emergency signs will be placed to caution drivers to move into the passing lane as volunteers pick up trash along the outside grass areas.

Officials also anticipate several vehicles with blue lights to move along the clean-up route with volunteers. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet road signs will be placed on both north and south lanes of I-69 as another alert measure, along with utilizing the Waze GPS navigation app for traffic alerts along the clean-up areas.

Volunteers are asked to dress appropriately. They can also bring any additional water or snacks they will personally need.

No one under the age of 16 will be allowed to participate and no pets will be allowed due to safety concerns by the road.

Trash grabbers, which are available at local hardware stores, can be brought or donated to the effort. Donated grabbers and Jersey gloves can be delivered to Judge-Executive Jesse Perry’s office at the Graves County Courthouse or to Mayfield City Hall’s north entrance during business hours.

The clean-up will run through noon. In case of inclement weather, a 24-hour notice will be given. The proposed rain date will be April 24.

For additional information, contact the Graves County Sheriff’s Office at 270-247-4501.

Published 01:07 PM, Tuesday Apr. 06, 2021
Updated 01:10 PM, Tuesday Apr. 06, 2021

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