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What Is Adopt-A-Highway ?

Adopt-A-Highway program allows volunteer groups to pick-up litter along non-interstate roadways as a community service.

Who can Adopt-A-Highway?

Any family, business, school or civic organization can adopt a state maintained highway.

How To Adopt-A-Highway!

Call your local State Highway office for a list of adoptable roads, complete an agreement, safety training, pick-up your supplies and you are ready to go !

What is the Responsibility of the Adopting Group?

As the adopting group, you agree to pick-up litter from your section of roadway (1-3 miles) four times a year for a two year period.

What is the Responsibility of SHA?

SHA will supply the group with:
Orange safety vests
Trash bags
Two adopt-a-highway metal signs with group name
Two SWAT (Stop Waste and Trash) roll-up caution signs
Safety literature and video

Safety Tips

Park all vehicles clear of the roadway.
Wear a safety vest at all times.
Walk on the shoulder, facing oncoming traffic at all times.
Provide supervision for all youths.
Work during non-peak travel times.
Stay clear of construction sites.
Do not remove any hazardous substances.
Wear light colored clothing and long sleeves.
Wear heavy gloves.
Wear sturdy soled footwear.
Avoid overexertion.
Do not walk in lanes of traffic.

In Case of Emergency

Have a well stocked First Aid Kit accessible.
Have adequate transportation available.
Know the location of the nearest hospital/emergency treatment center.

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