Under state law, trash or debris must be covered 

PADUCAH, Ky. (Feb. 22, 2024) The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) reminds motorists hauling trash or debris to properly secure their loads while traveling along state highways. 

Highway crews have seen an increase in roadside litter, especially along a 10-mile section of Interstate 69 in northern Marshall County. Crews recently removed debris between the U.S. 641-Spur Benton Exit 41 interchange and the I-69 Exit 51 flyover ramp at the I-24 Exit 25 interchange near Calvert City. 

“It appears that the litter is likely due to higher travel speeds causing more debris to blow out of trucks and trailers that aren’t properly covered,” said KYTC District 1 Chief Engineer Kyle Poat. “We ask for the public’s cooperation to ensure all loads are properly secured to keep our highways clean and safe.” 

Under Kentucky law (KRS 189.150), loads of debris or trash must be “covered with a device suitable for prevention of spillage.” Violators of that law and of any littering or open dumping statutes could face criminal or civil fines. 

The Kentucky State Police and Marshall County Sheriff’s Department are aware of the problem areas and will aid with enforcement, Poat said. 

While litter pickup is part of the state’s three mowing cycles each year, additional litter pickup work would be costly and divert funds from other needed maintenance projects.