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Adopt-A-Highway Program
Overview
Adopt-A-Highway
 
The Adopt-A-Highway program provides an opportunity for volunteers to clean up litter and remove noxious weeds along state highways. Work activities may also include graffiti removal and maintenance of existing landscaped areas.
  • Volunteers may be individuals, families, groups or businesses; however, the organization must be readily identifiable as verified with the Secretary of State, group bylaws, etc.
  • Volunteers must be willing to commit to at least one year of volunteer service with a minimum of litter clean up four times a year or noxious weed removal two times a year.
  • Participants must be 16 years of age or older with at least one adult supervisor present while the work is being done. Participants should have the ability to walk in uneven terrain, lift and carry filled bags, and work safely around factors such as heavy traffic and high noise levels.
  • You provide your own transportation and set your own schedule.
  • ODOT will provide trashbags, reflective vests, safety awareness information and work area signs. ODOT will also provide flags to mark large items, broken glass and other potentially dangerous items.
 

 
Spokesperson
 
Each organization will be asked to select a spokesperson. This person will be the point of contact for the organization. The spokesperson will also be responsible to assure that each participant complies with the Adopt-A-Highway program requirements and saftey procedures and has signed a liability release with ODOT. The spokesperson will coordinate transportation of participants to and from the work area, pick up and return the supplies provided by ODOT, and notify ODOT of any flagged items.
 

 
Noxious Weed Removal Plan
 
When removing noxious weeds is proposed as a work activity, a noxious weed removal plan will need to be attached to the permit application form. The plan must be approved by the Department of Agriculture or county weed district. The plan should include the species of noxious weed to be removed and the method, timing and frequency of removal. A link to a plan form is available in the Resources section under "Adopt-A-Highway Forms" below.
 
For assistance in devloping a noxious weed removal plan or help in determining who to contact for approval of the plan, visit the Department of Agriculture's website at this link.
 

 
Contact Information
 
If you or your organization would like to adopt a section of state highway, contact the appropriate district for your area by clicking here.
 
For general questions about Oregon's Adopt-A-Highway program, contact Tina Juel at 503-986-3031.
 

 
Resources
 
Adopt-A-Highway Forms
 
 
Reference Information