Dordt College News

Engineering club hits the road

December 2, 2013

Even though membership in Dordt’s ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) Club changes yearly as engineering students begin and graduate from the program, members faithfully cleaned a stretch of Highway 75 coming into Sioux Center for the past three years. The club became the official caretakers of a two-mile stretch of highway under the state’s Adopt-a-Highway program in the spring of 2011.

Dordt’s civil and environmental engineers were looking for a project that they could do together and that would demonstrate their commitment to helping maintain creation’s beauty, according to Professor Justin Vander Werff. Because several Dordt students have participated in internships with the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT), they came up with the Adopt-a Highway idea. They were surprised and happy to find a section of highway 75 available for adoption that is located so close to campus.

Twice a year, in the spring and in the fall, the club organizes a clean-up morning, after which members have lunch together. The Iowa DOT supplies bags and picks them up.

“This is a great opportunity for our student chapter of ASCE to be able to serve the greater community of Sioux County and for our members to get to know each other outside of the classroom,” says Engineering Major and Club President T.J. Wells.

“We usually try to outdo each other by finding the most unique piece of trash.”

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