Highland Lakes residents recently took to social media to discuss the amount of roadside trash along the stretch of RR 1431 between Marble Falls and Kingsland. A Nextdoor Marble Falls post by Kingsland resident Holly Morris received more than 50 comments from others who shared her frustration.
“We just moved to this area and it’s so beautiful. EXCEPT the roadside trash along beautiful 1431 all the way from Marble Falls to Kingsland is just disgusting!” Morris wrote.
Ranch Road 1431 is maintained by the Texas Department of Transportation.
The department is aware of the debris issue and takes it seriously, Public Information Officer Christopher Bishop said in a July 29 statement to DailyTrib.com. The department contracts Bootstraps Occupational Services to clean up trash along 1431 to address the issue.
“(RR) 1431 is picked up every two months due to the large amounts of trash in that area,” Bishop said. “The (right-of-way) along 1431 is narrow and makes the trash very visible. The contractor is working in the county right now, and should be on (RR) 1431 next week or the following week.”
While the stretch of road between Marble Falls and Kingsland does get large amounts of litter, it is hard to determine what causes the buildup in this area, he continued.
“Fighting litter is never-ending; trash can show up just hours after a stretch of highway right-of-way is cleaned up,” Bishop said. “Some (trash) certainly could be blowing in from areas off the highway, and some could be from traffic passing through to the lake areas.”
In addition to hired crews, portions of 1431 are cleaned up by three community groups through the Adopt-A-Highway program. Volunteers commit to picking up litter along a 2-mile stretch of their adopted highway up to four times a year and are provided supplies, including trash bags and safety vests.
Deborah Guinn, activity director for Camp Champions, a summer camp in Marble Falls, shared some of the camp’s experience with the Adopt-a-Highway program.
“Camp Champions has adopted a section right by Highland Haven” Guinn posted on Nextdoor. “Unfortunately, with Covid this last year, we didn’t have enough employees to pick up our section so it sat and collected for a year. It distressed me that we couldn’t fulfill our obligation. However, with camp back in full swing, we have picked up on our section three times this summer … it still doesn’t look like it, but please believe me when I say we have done so!”
Another 2-mile stretch of RR 1431 is available for future adoption, Bishop said.
He suggests people visit the Don’t Mess with Texas roadside campaign website to learn more about how to keep Texas roadsides clean.