About the program
Each year, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) dedicates millions of dollars to litter clean-up. ODOT crews, inmates, and volunteer groups picked up 396,000 bags of trash along highways throughout the state in 2018, costing the agency a total cost of $4.1 million.
Adopt-A-Highway is one of the methods in which ODOT controls litter and to keep the state's highways beautiful. The program allows volunteer groups to adopt a two-mile section or an interchange along a state, federal or interstate route, free of cost. The program carries the following requirements:
- Groups are asked to adopt for two years and pick up litter a minimum of four times each year.
- Participants in Adopt-A-Highway should be volunteers and not paid to pick up litter.
- Groups can partner with others in adopting but may not pay another group to pick up litter.
ODOT will provide safety training, trash bags, disposable safety vests and two signs to be used at the beginning of the two mile section. The only cost to each group is their time.
Adopting a highway in honor or in memory
The Adopt-A-Highway program offers families an alternative to placing potentially hazardous roadside memorials on ODOT right-of-way. Families can apply to adopt a two-mile section of roadway or interchange in memory of someone who has died, whether in a motor vehicle accident or from other causes, or in honor of someone who is living. Memorial adoptions will be processed in the same manner as regular adoptions. The name of the person memorialized will be placed upon the Adopt-A-Highway signs at the beginning and ending point of the adopted section.
Applying for highway adoption
To apply for a highway adoption, please click the button to begin an online application.
To learn more, contact a local coordinator