The Adopt-A-Highway Program - 28 Years (1988-2016)
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 on this page 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.
- 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
- The toll-free Hotline for reporting cleanups is no longer available. We invite you to use the online reporting method by clicking on the link above. If you are not able to report online, please report by calling the Office of Beautification at 1-800-331-5864 or by calling your local AAH Coordinator. Thank you for participating in the Adopt-A-Highway program and reporting your cleanup results. Click here for Cleanup and Hotline reporting procedures.
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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.