You Ask, Patch Answers: Trash on the Highways and Byways

With SR-52 coming right through town now, the question of how folks can volunteer to help keep the roads litter-free has been raised.

If you have a question about something in Santee that you think Patch could help answer, post your question as a comment or send to Steven.Bartholow@patch.com.


"I stumbled upon your web site while trying to find a way to clean up Santee.  Everyday while waiting to merg onto the 52 I see all kinds of trash!!!

I would like to find out how to go about “cleaning” this up?  I don’t suppose you can just go onto the freeway and start cleaning up trash without some sort of permission or permit of sorts? 

Please advise to how My family and I can go about cleaning up our city."


" and have arranged through CALTRANS to adopt the . Once that arrangement has been finalized we will be seeking volunteers to help cleanup efforts. Trash pick up along highways can be very dangerous and should only be performed when all of the CALTRANS safety precautions are in place."

- , Santee's Director of Community Services

Santee Patch will spread the word when these cleanup efforts become available to the public.

If you don't want to wait for that, or have another stretch of highway in mind for cleaning, you can contact the general line for the CalTrans Adopt-A-Highway program at (619) 688-3367 or directly contact the local Adopt-A-Highway coordinator, Jose Estrada, at (619) 688-3327 or jose_estrada@dot.ca.gov, to get involved with cleanup groups that already exist, or create your own.

Take the poll to share your opinion, and elaborate in the comments:

John K November 01, 2011 at 05:38 PM
Maybe if our own fellow Santee residents would use their ashtrays rather than the streets and parking lots there would be less trash along our roads.
Nancy November 02, 2011 at 10:43 PM
I noticed a lot of paper on the side of the freeway, but we did encounter a street cleaner a little further down the freeway. The thing is it was sweeping but not getting the paper. I think that its great that someone cares enough to mention this and also volunteer to clean up someone elses mess.
Marge Hudson November 04, 2011 at 04:52 AM
Several years ago I believe it was Marti Emerald, TV newscaster, did a whole series and targeted the worse areas, 52 being one of them. At that time most of that trash came from all the Waste Management trucks hauling trash to the dump from areas outside of Santee. I thought Waste Management finally adoped the stretch of 52 into Santee. What ever happened to that?
Jake Mahamood July 06, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Now that we have large "affordable housing" PROJECTS in Santee, maybe those folks who have lots of time on thier hands can volunteer to do something to help payback the folks who pay thier rent.


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