Department of Public Works
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Adopt-A-Highway

Click on any of the following to learn more about the Adopt-A-Highway program.

Why participate in the Adopt-A-Highway Program?
There are over 3,100 miles of roadways in the unincorporated areas of the County. Unfortunately, every day, people carelessly litter those roadways by throwing gum wrappers, cans, and paper out their vehicle windows. Large bulky items such as tires and old furniture are also purposely dumped by the side of the road.
      But, litter is not the only problem we must contend with each day. Unsightly graffiti sprayed carelessly on walls approaching bridges also mars the natural landscape throughout our communities. As you can imagine, ongoing maintenance and clean up is quite a task.
      What can we do? It’s simple. We’re asking for your help! By taking part in the County’s Adopt-A-Highway Program, our overall reach is greatly extended. Participants get personal satisfaction by knowing that they are truly supporting their community.

Is it easy to participate?
YES. We welcome individuals over 11 years of age, businesses, public agencies, and organizations. We simply ask you to adopt a section of roadway in an unincorporated area for a period of two years. You may choose to either pick up litter or remove graffiti along your section. Or, if you wish, you can even do both! Either way, it doesn’t take too much of your time. In fact, the work can be done by using your own people or by hiring a contractor. Regardless of the method you use, you are recognized for your effort.

What are the benefits?
Self satisfaction coupled with the ability to help ensure the beauty of our diverse landscape rank high among the numerous benefits! Community residents and tourists alike benefit from your efforts.

But, there's more! We commit to the following incentives.


Are there some highways that cannot be adopted by volunteers?
  Yes. While many highways in the unincorporated areas of the County may be adopted through this program, certain stretches may be excluded due to safety or other considerations. For example, sites with extremely heavy traffic, limited access or visibility, narrow roadsides or shoulders, or rugged terrain may not be appropriate. Other sites may also be unsuitable for your group’s age level or experience or require more frequent cleanup efforts. If you are planning to participate in the Adopt-A-Highway Program by hiring a professional contractor, however, most areas can be adopted.

Where are the unincorporated areas of the County?
  This map gives you a general idea of where the unincorporated areas of the County are and in which of the County Maintenance Districts they fall.

Do I have to sign an Agreement to participate?
Yes. A designated representative from your group must sign the Adopt-A-Highway Agreement. The purpose of the agreement is to ensure that the group acknowledges the hazardous nature of the work and is willing to accept responsibility for any liability resulting from their activities. The agreement also outlines the commitments made by the participants and Public Works to help guarantee the program’s success.

Is a Permit necessary?
Yes. Approved permits are necessary for all activities conducted within the road right of way. We issue permits to all participants free of charge because we appreciate your contribution to our communities.
     The permit issued to each individual, business, or group participating in the County’s Adopt-A-Highway Program is valid for two years and outlines the type of work that will be done and the specific location to be adopted. The permit may not be transferred to another group. Participants must read and understand the permit and the permit must be displayed at your adopted location each time your group picks up litter or removes graffiti.

Is a One-Day Permit for graffiti or litter removal available?
  Yes. While we wish everyone could be actively involved in our Adopt-A-Highway Program, we realize that a two-year commitment may not be possible for some. We make it possible, therefore, for interested individuals or groups to apply for and receive a special one-day permit to either pick up litter or remove graffiti at a specific location.

When do I sign these documents?
After the District Coordinator receives your application, a meeting with a representative from your group is scheduled. At that time, both the permit and the agreement are reviewed. After all your questions are answered, you’re asked to sign the documents.
     After that, you’re ready to begin!

How do I get started in the Program?

It’s Easy! To find out more about the program or to discuss a potential location for adoption, simply call and speak to the local District Coordinator in your area.
     If you have a particular section of highway in mind and that section is available for adoption, you can discuss the project and the services you would like to provide during your two-year commitment.
     If the section you want to adopt is not available for either litter or graffiti removal, your District Coordinator can offer alternatives, including:
  • other potential locations available for adoption.
  • the opportunity to put your name on a waiting list for that location.
  • the ability to take over the section of roadway if the current adopter wishes to stop participating in the program.
     Once you and your District Coordinator decide a suitable location for adoption, all you have to do is fill out and return the completed application.
     When your District Coordinator receives your application, you will be invited to attend a meeting to finalize your participation in the program. At that time, you will sign the Adopt-A-Highway Agreement, receive the free permit and necessary supplies, and go over the safety rules and regulations.

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