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Adopt-A-Highway

Georgia's Adopt-A-Highway Program enlists citizen volunteers' help to remove litter from state roadsides. While saving taxpayer dollars, the program provides recognition for participating companies and organizations, brings the environmental and monetary costs of littering into public awareness, and promotes civic responsibility and pride. The volunteers of the Adopt-A-Highway program serve as visible reminders to the public that we are all stewards of the land.  Thanks for helping Keep Georgia Peachy Clean!

Announcement

New Application Requests Temporarily Suspended

Georgia DOT is currently not accepting new participants in the Adopt-A-Highway program while we update our policies and procedures. Please check back regularly for updates to the program.

 

 

 Volunteer

 

Please help clean up our state by volunteering with our Adopt-A-Highway Program, a partnership between the Georgia DOT and Keep Georgia Beautiful.

Criteria

Any organization, business, individual, family, city, county, state, or federal agency is welcome to apply for participation in the Georgia Adopt-A-Highway program.

NOTE: The Department reserves the right to remove any individual(s) or group(s) whose participation in litter pickup causes a disturbance or unsafe condition on the road.

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 Adoptable Areas

 

Conventional state and federal routes may be adopted, as well as a limited number of interstate interchanges. Check with your local District Coordinator to determine what roads in your area are available for adoption.

For routes other than state and federal, please contact your local county Keep Georgia Beautiful affiliate.

Areas that Cannot be Adopted

The following areas are not available for adoption:

  • Areas that are already adopted (you can be put on a waiting list for these areas on a first-come, first-served basis). 
  • Controlled access roads.  
  • Areas where the speed limit is more than 55 mph. 
  • Areas where access is unsafe. 
  • Areas that are safe only with traffic control. 
  • Areas where the shoulder of the road is too narrow or steep. 
  • Areas where visibility is too restricted. 
  • Areas where construction is under way or planned. 
  • Areas that have heavy traffic or the traffic is too close to the work area. 
  • Areas where the terrain is too rugged or where the vegetation is too dense.

In the above situations, your District Coordinator will be happy to find you a more suitable, safer area to adopt.

 

 Program Overview

 

Program Info

Each volunteer group adopts at least a one-mile stretch of highway and agrees to remove litter from both sides of the road at least four times a year for a two-year period. A group which wants to pay for a litter removal service adopts at least a two-mile stretch of highway for two years.

The volunteer group’s leader notifies the appropriate Georgia DOT office at least three business days prior to a scheduled pickup. The filled litter bags are left on the site at a predetermined location for Georgia DOT crews to pick up. Within one week after the pickup, the volunteer group will submit a status report to the district office.

 

 Applications

 

Participant Waiver Form

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Before each scheduled activity, this form must be completed, including the signature of each participant. Keep this form for your records. The District Adopt-A-Highway Coordinator may request this form.

Status Report

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Within a week after your pickup day this form should be sent to the GDOT Maintenance Office in Atlanta.

 

 Safety

 

Because roadways are dangerous places, all volunteers should be mentally alert while picking up litter. Besides using good common sense, all members should be in good physical condition, including sight and hearing. There should be one supervising adult for every three children aged 12 - 15. Alcohol use is prohibited on GDOT right-of-way.

 

Contacts

Select your county below to find the Adopt-A-Highway coordinator in your area to submit your questions about the program.
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You may also contact the statewide coordinator:

GDOT Adopt-A-Highway Program
Office of Maintenance
One Georgia Center
600 West Peachtree St, Ste 1044 
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 631-1387
landscape@dot.ga.gov