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Who is responsible for cleaning I-40 from Wilmington to Raleigh?

Ken Little

Q. I-40 from Raleigh to Wilmington is always cluttered with trash, tires, car parts, dead animals, plastic bags, bottles, cans, etc. It is a real eyesore in an otherwise beautiful and scenic drive. Who is responsible for monitoring and cleaning this roadway?

A. The N.C. Department of Transportation is responsible for cleanup along the interstate, agency spokesman Steve Abbott said.

But members of the driving public also have a responsibility to not be litterbugs, he said.

“Each county has a maintenance office that covers its area, so it is actually multiple offices when you look at the counties I-40 goes through between Raleigh and Wilmington. These same maintenance workers also do potholes and other repairs, and road improvements,” Abbott said.

N.C. DOT’s Spring Litter Sweep was held from April 26 through May 10, Abbott said.

The reader’s question was submitted before the sweep began. The public may notice the difference along I-40 since the sweep, Abbott said.

“It was less than a month ago that volunteers, maintenance crews, inmates and community service workers took part in our Spring Litter Sweep, so if the reader since then saw a lot of trash on the roadway, that shows how much the public is still ignoring litter laws and tossing things, or in many cases, not following the law to keep loads in pickups and larger trucks covered,” he said.

In past years, the spring cleanup has collected close to 2 million pounds of litter from the state roadsides, Abbott said.

“In might be worth reminding readers that if someone is convicted of littering, it can mean a fine up to $2,000, a point on their driver license and community service work. Fines can double upon a second conviction,” he added.


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