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Adopt-A-Highway Program

Adopt-A-Highway Program

In response to growing public concern about trash and debris along North Carolina’s roadways, the N.C. Department of Transportation established its Adopt-a-Highway program in 1988. Since then, thousands of volunteers have not only helped reduce litter but also saved North Carolina’s taxpayers millions of dollars annually in roadside cleanup costs.
With more than 120,000 participants across North Carolina, Adopt-A-Highway is made up of civic and community groups — including schools, religious, professional and social organizations — as well as individuals and families.

There is no fee to be part of the program, but the N.C. Department of Transportation asks volunteer groups to commit at least four years to a 2-mile stretch of roadway. Litter cleanups happen at least four times a year — and sometimes more on heavily traveled roads.

NCDOT, in turn, installs two Adopt-A-Highway signs, each with a recognition panel, on the adopted roadway and provides the training and materials that volunteers need to safely carry out their goals.

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