SPECIAL REPORT: A sign of a clean rest area ahead

| 3/19/2003

The state of Missouri has put up a sign acknowledging OOIDA has adopted the new truck parking area near Odessa, MO.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and the Missouri Department of Transportation recently partnered to turn two former weigh stations into the 28-space truckers' rest area. OOIDA is paying to light the area and for trash pickup, and will clean up litter in the area as part of the Adopt-a-Highway program.

Pat Rath, the coordinator of the Adopt-a-Highway program at MoDOT, said the sign went up at the parking area Feb. 5.

OOIDA recently put out a call to its employees for volunteers to help clean up the area. Within 5 minutes, Human Resources Director Lesa Godwin had enough volunteers to do the job. The first cleanup is scheduled at the parking area for later this month.

"They're going to try to do it every other Wednesday," Godwin said. "If that's too much, they'll do it once a month."

Rath said other parking areas had been adopted, but more groups are needed who are willing to take on the task as OOIDA did.

"I wish we could get more," she said. "We've got some messy commuter parking lots."

Godwin praised OOIDA's staff for their quick response and willingness to help make the project a success.

"I have nothing but great things to say about our staff," Godwin said. "We have an awesome group of people that are committed to the mission of OOIDA and go out of their way to volunteer when needed for extra things to help our members and the industry as a whole."

--by Mark H. Reddig, associate editor