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State DOT needs to cleanup Garbage on side of highway.
It has not been done in years.
The Department has a planned cleanup activity for this area scheduled for the coming week.
Having perused your website, I feel it is important to point out to you and other readers, in fairness, that the DOT does do everything it can to be a good neighbor. As you are likely well aware, we do have a number of priorities that need to be addressed on a daily basis and we do so with limited funding and staffing. Litter cleanup, in and of itself, could be a full-time job for our maintenance crews, and in many cases, as quickly as we clean up an area, the litter returns thanks to folks who don't respect the law or the communities that they pollute in. The fact is that the Department spends roughly 2.5 million dollars a year cleaning up litter and garbage that people toss illegally - that money surely could be spent on other needs if we could simply get folks to be responsible instead of wantonly tossing garbage for other people to pick-up.
We simply don't have staff to be constantly doing litter cleanup activities in conjunction with our other priorities, thus, we perform litter cleanups as often as those priorities allow.
Additionally, if I am navigating your site properly, it appears that you made a comment to the effect of "Disgusting the way these guys leave our city" - referring to the DOT. I respectfully have to take exception to that comment. On the contrary, it's the litterbugs that are disgusting for the way they leave the city. Frankly, the CT DOT, you, the local community, and the rest of the taxpayers in the state are the victims in this situation - victims of the actions of litterbugs. Litter is an eyesore for everyone, and we need to use staff time and taxpayer dollars to clean up after folks who can't seam to use garbage cans. The DOT certainly is not responsible for the garbage being there - litterbugs are - but we are responsible neighbors, sensitive to the concerns of the community, and we will clean it up. I just feel it is unfortunate that you and others direct your discontent towards the DOT when we are victims in this as well.
I appreciate your response. So it is made clear this area has not been cleaned by the DOT in 10 years. It has been reported multiple times with promises of a crew coming out.
When I called to ask about the adopt a spot program I was told it was on hold. We removed 5,000 lbs of trash from your property last spring at Trumbull Street and I would do it here if the fence was unlocked.
This is a neighborhood in which we live with many of the shortcomings of living next to a highway. Please make it easier on us and respect the fact that people living here do everything they can to keep the neighborhood clean.
If you would like to meet me at this location w hen your guys come to do the clean-up I would be hear about your future plans for scheduled clean-up of these properties along State Street.
Hi Ben -
Thank you for taking the time to hear our response on this. You and your community do have a valid concern about litter in the area, and we will endeavor to do the best that we can to stay on top of it. Additionally, I will check the status of the "Adopt a Highway" program and will inform you as soon as I have information.
Great work! But DOT needs to take better care of ALL of its urban properties.
It isn't the litterbug's responsibility entirely - studies show that when you let litter sit around, more people litter. The only way to prevent it is to keep sites much cleaner than they already are.
Also, New Haven's highways see a huge volume of traffic from all over the State of CT and beyond. So it's the DOT's responsibility to keep them clean. DOT's responsibility is NOT to educate every driver in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and New York that they should not litter.
The state of CT legislature needs to pass a law that says that the DOT must maintain its properties better. The DOT built these highways to move people around the state, but by letting them remain in sh*$ty condition like they do, they undermine the strength of our communities. This is unacceptable and I hope our state senators and representatives will consider passing a law to fix this situation.
Look at Europe for an example - highways through cities there are lined with flowering trees, grassy strips where people can have a picnic, and well-maintained bike paths. In CT, our highways through cities are lined with junk that never gets picked up.
Why does the DOT continue to maintain policies that aim to destroy our cities and towns?
DOT: please clean up all areas next to the interstates. And keep them clean!
Thanks for the clean-up. The photos look amazing and can't wait to see in person.
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