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District 3 Adopt-A-Highway Coordinator
What is it?
The Adopt-A-Highway Program began on March 9, 1985, in Tyler, Texas, and
has grown into an international organization. Thousands upon thousands of groups
have joined the program to promote a clean environment in 48 different states,
seven Canadian provinces, and in Puerto Rico and New Zealand.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet began the Adopt-A-Highway Program in
1988 to raise environmental awareness and discourage littering. Today, more than
1,600 groups participate in Kentucky's program, cleaning approximately 6,600
miles annually. Over the years, Adopt-A-Highway has become a successful
educational tool. Participating groups demonstrate the importance of a clean
environment by spreading the word and setting the example that littering is
The program increases public environmental awareness, reduces littering,
expands tourism, creates a partnership between citizens, community and
government, and establishes a sense of pride in our Bluegrass State. The
Transportation Cabinet salutes each and every participant, and thanks them for
their tireless efforts to educate others. Each year, the Transportation
Cabinet's highway workers spend approximately 200,000 hours removing litter from
Kentucky's roadways, collecting over 96,000 bags of litter. The total yearly
cost of litter removal averages $4-5 million.
How can you contribute to your community and make a difference, send a
message and educate others, and have fun with friends all at the same time? Join
Kentucky's Adopt-A-Highway Program! By taking personal responsibility for one of
your area roadways, you will be setting an example for your community ... The
environment is everyone's responsibility. Adopt-A-Highway provides the
opportunity to be a part of the solution. As a volunteer, you will save
thousands in tax payer dollars and demonstrate to others the importance of a
Any permanently established business, association,
community or public organization, or government entity can adopt a stretch of
highway. A wide range of groups throughout Kentucky now participate, including
homemaker clubs, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, high school organizations,
Rotary clubs, veterans, college fraternities and sororities, sports teams and
Kiwanis clubs. (Sorry, those entities established for the sole purpose of
pursuing legislative or regulatory changes are not eligible.)
Two-mile sections of highway are adopted for a period of two years. Groups
sign a contract with the Transportation Cabinet, which recognizes the need and
desirability of a clean environment, and permits the group to contribute toward
that effort. Volunteer groups may renew the contract at the end of the two
Adopt-A-Highway Coordinators can explain the fundamentals of the program to
your group, work with group members in locating an available highway, and notify
you of news and upcoming events.
Litter pickups are held at least four times per year or as many times as
necessary to keep the area reasonably litter free. The Cabinet coordinates three
annual clean-up efforts throughout the year. Groups are encouraged to complete
and return an Adopt-A-Highway survey after each cleanup.
Sounds great! How do I join?
Groups interested in becoming members of the Adopt-A-Highway Program can
contact the District Coordinator. Safety guidelines are provided to volunteers
and should be reviewed prior to each cleanup. Trash bags and safety vests can be
obtained at each State Maintenance Facility, and litter removal is provided by
the state highway crews.
To find the location of the State Maintenance Facility and obtain the name,
telephone number and email address for the Maintenance Crew Superintendent for
your county, please select from the counties listed on the Facilities
Adopt-a-Highway Policy -
Effective June 01, 2004