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Adopt-a-Highway - FAQ
Why was Adopt-a-Highway (AAH) started?

To decrease the cost of litter pickups and maintain the natural beauty of the state.

How does a group adopt?

Any group interested in adopting a stretch of highway must contact their local coordinator to apply.

How many miles of highway have been adopted?

To date, approximately 9,000 miles in Texas have been adopted through the program.

How many AAH groups are there in Texas? In how many states?

There are more than 4,000 AAH groups in Texas. AAH programs are in 49 states. Vermont has a program similar to AAH called “Green Up.” In addition, Canada, Great Britain, Japan, New Zealand, Australia and Mexico have developed AAH programs.

What impact does the program have?

Adopted miles equal savings. Currently, Texas saves approximately $4 million a year in clean-up costs. AAH volunteers pick up litter on approximately 9,000 miles of roadways, which makes up about 10 percent of Texas’ state-maintained roads.

Who is in charge of the AAH program?

The Travel Information Division of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) oversees the AAH program. There are 25 TxDOT districts in the state, each of which has an AAH coordinator. The district coordinators manage the program in their respective areas and assist the public in adopting sections of roadway.

What type of commitment does AAH require?

In Texas, an individual or group adopts a two-mile stretch of highway for two years, and each group must agree to clean their stretch four to six times a year.

What does TxDOT provide to AAH volunteers?

  • Safety vests
  • Trash bags
  • Safety training
  • AAH signs posted with an individual’s or group’s name at the adopted section.

Can participants choose which section of highway they want to clean? How are roadway sections determined?

Interested groups can request specific roadway. However, TxDOT makes the final decision on the assignment. Highway safety is a principal concern in all decisions related to the program. The department may consider such factors as width of right of way, geometrics, congestion and sight distance of roadways in determining what sections of highways shall be eligible for adoption. In no circumstance shall a section of an interstate highway be eligible for adoption.

Can an individual or family adopt a highway or does it have to be large groups or corporations? Are there limitations on participation?

Any individual, family, group, organization or company is welcome to adopt a segment of highway. The adoption of a section of highway is an opportunity that may be granted by TxDOT to individuals or groups who would assist the program in achieving its purpose and goals. TxDOT may deny a request to adopt a section of highway if, in its opinion, granting the request would jeopardize the program, be counterproductive to its purpose, or create a hazard to the safety of the traveling public.

What other litter-prevention activities can people participate in rather than adopting a roadside?

TxDOT has a three-pronged approach to litter prevention: Don’t mess with Texas®, Adopt-a-Highway and a grassroots partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful. All three work together to reduce litter on Texas roads.

Don’t mess with Texas® Programs
Keep Texas Beautiful

Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) partners with TxDOT’s litter prevention programs by taking our programs out into their local communities. KTB currently has more than 360 affiliates across the state. These affiliates work with their respective communities, local governments, businesses, civic groups and volunteers in reinforcing the litter prevention message as well as other environmental messages.

To find out more about these issues and other opportunities, visit www.dontmesswithtexas.org.

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