With litter pickup underway along JoCo highways, officials warn against distracted driving

Crews with Interstate Business Solutions have been busy the past few months picking up litter along major highways in Johnson and Wyandotte counties. Above, supervisor Troy Cummings carries a load of trash to haul off site along a stretch of I-35 in Olathe. A truck speeds along just feet from him.

With litter pickup underway along major highways in Johnson County, officials are reminding residents that distracted drivers can create unsafe working conditions for crews.

The Kansas Department of Transportation has hired Interstate Business Solutions to pick up “unsafe and unsightly” garbage and debris along 50 miles of roadway in Johnson and Wyandotte counties, including along I-435, U.S. 69 from I-35 to 151st Street and I-635, according to a press release. Work began in early June.