Prayer #312: For the Accumulation of Highway Trash During the COVID-19 Crisis
You most likely have noticed that trash is accumulating along North Carolina's interstates these days, including the Beltline around Raleigh. The reason for this is that, due to fiscal cutbacks by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), cuts that were necessary due to COVID-caused budget decreases, there are considerably fewer pickups of trash on the interstates. The NCDOT relies on the Motor Fuels Tax for its funding, and with more people working at home, and in general staying home except for things of necessity, there is much less driving. With less driving, there is less gas consumption, and thus, less gas tax available to the NCDOT. NCDOT is predicting a $300 million dollar shortfall for the fiscal year ending June 30. This has significantly affected, among many other things, interstate trash pickup. "We typically do six litter sweeps a year and we had to cut that back to three," said Marty, communications officer at the NCDOT. "I don't know that people are littering more, but I do know that we haven't been able to pick up as much."
Pray for the NCDOT as it continues to experience a severe budget shortfall. Pray for the funding and help needed for interstate trash pickup. Pray that people would be more conscientious to not litter our streets and highways.
Ps. 102:1-2: "Hear my prayer, O LORD; let my cry come to Thee. Do not hide Thy face from me in the day of my distress. Incline Thy ear to me; answer me speedily in the day when I call."