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April 2, 2014

Trash-Off slated; TxDOT approves funding for Palestine airport

CHEROKEE COUNTY — The 2014 Don’t Mess With Texas Trash-Off annual cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, April 5 at locations all across Texas including several across East Texas. Volunteers collected more than 7.5 million pounds of trash during last year’s statewide cleanup.

The Trash-Off encourages Texans across the state to join forces and clear Texas roadsides of trash. Millions of pieces of litter accumulate on our roadways each year, which means we need your help.

Volunteers come from all walks of life: students, business leaders, civic and non-profit organizations, individuals, families, community groups, sororities, fraternities, sports teams, military, etc. If you have some free time, please volunteer and make a difference.

The Don't mess with Texas® Trash-Off is the single largest one-day cleanup event in the state and serves as Texas’ signature event for the Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest community improvement program.

Sign up at Keep Texas Beautiful or call 1-800-CLEAN-TX. If you're part of an Adopt-a-Highway (AAH) group, contact your district AAH coordinator.

At its regular monthly meeting Thursday, the Texas Transportation Commission, TxDOT’s governing body, approved nearly $80,000 engineering and design work to improve the pavement infrastructure at Palestine Municipal Airport.

Project costs will be funded through the city of Palestine and TxDOT’s Aviation Facilities Grant Program, which preserves and improves the state’s general aviation system.

This year, TxDOT expects to provide approximately $60 million in funding for planning, constructing and maintaining community airports. There are nearly 275 community airports in Texas eligible for this funding. Arrivals and departures from community airports account for more than three million flight hours per year and provide aircraft facilities for agricultural, medical, business and commuter use.

Also this week in Anderson County, TxDOT maintenance crews this week are scheduled to begin pavement-widening operations on FM 321 between FM 2574 in Neches and SH 155 in Mound Prairie.

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