25 Years (1988-2013)
The Adopt-A-Highway Program (AAH) was established in 1988 by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) in response to growing public concern regarding litter along the state's highways. The AAH Program is administered by the NCDOT Office of Beautification, and is a joint effort between community volunteers and the NCDOT. Its purpose is to decrease the amount of litter on North Carolina's roadsides and improve the beauty and quality of the environment.
The links below provide additional information about the N.C. Adopt-A-Highway Program. We encourage you to view our site and learn more about our efforts to enhance the natural beauty along North Carolina roadways.
Adopt-A-Highway Program Details:
There is no fee associated with adopting a roadway.
There is a four year agreement between the NCDOT and the Adopt-A-Highway volunteer(s).
Adopted roadways have a minimum length of two miles.
The agreement requires a roadside litter cleanup four times a year or more often if needed.
Each participant in the Adopt-A-Highway group must view the safety video (see link below).
Cleanups involve both sides of the road within the adopted two-mile section of roadway.
A cleanup report is to be submitted after each cleanup.
Filled bags of trash will be picked up by the NCDOT when requested through the cleanup report.
Bags with items for recycling shall be taken to a local recycling center by the volunteer group.
AAH groups can obtain safety vests, gloves, and bags at their NCDOT county maintenance office.
AAH signs with a recognition panel will be installed, one at each end of the adopted roadway.
Applying to Adopt A Highway:
Discuss the desired roadway availability with your NCDOT AAH county coordinator.
Contact NCDOT County Adopt-A-Highway Coordinator - Phone List (updated October, 2013).
Use this link to Apply to Adopt A Highway Online.
Complete a sign design form (see forms below).
Reporting an Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup:
Report Online - AAH Group Cleanup Report; OR
Call 1-(800)-628-4394, the toll-free Hotline, Click here for Cleanup and Hotline reporting procedures.
More About Adopt-A-Highway:
AAH Brochure (en Espanol)
Frequently Asked Questions
Forms (Agreements, Sign Design/Request and Releases)
T-Shirt Order Form
AAH Safety Rules and Guidelines For Volunteers
AAH Safety Rules and Guidelines For Volunteers (en Espanol)
AAH Safety Guidelines Regarding Hazardous Material
AAH Safety Video Clip
AAH Safety Video - English and en Espanol (complete three part versions)
AAH Volunteer Fitness Tips by MoDOT
Meth Lab Waste Recognition Video by the Colorado DOT (7.53 minutes)
10, 15,20 and 25-year Star Groups Recognized in 2013
10, 15 and 20-year Star Groups Recognized in 2012
10, 15 and 20-year Star Groups Recognized in 2011
10, 15 and 20-year Star Groups Recognized in 2010
10, 15 and 20-year Star Groups Recognized in 2009
10, 15 and 20-year Star Groups Recognized in 2008
10 and 15-year Star Groups Recognized in 2007
10 and 15-year Star Groups Recognized in 2006
10 and 15-year Star Groups Recognized in 2005
10 and 15-year Star Groups Recognized in 2004
Senator Albertson's "Mean About Clean" Jingle Press Release
Download Our Mean About Clean Jingle
Help Reduce Water Pollution Along N.C. Highways:
The NCDOT Division of Highways has established the Illicit Connection and Illegal Dumping (ICID) program to comply with the Department's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Stormwater Permit.
Stormwater Pollution...What's our connection? (brochure)
By reporting pollutants we will be able to achieve our goal in protecting the water quality in our lakes, rivers, streams and coastal waters for current and future use.