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What is Adopt-a-Highway?

  • The Adopt-a-Highway Program was initiated by Racine County to allow groups to volunteer and support the County’s anti-litter program in a more direct way.
  • The program offers a group the opportunity to make a contribution to the community while generating positive publicity for the group’s service activities.


Is There a Fee?

  • There is no fee required.

What Does an Adopt-a-Highway Group Do?

  • Each qualified group takes responsibility for litter control on a segment of County highway. The group picks up litter on this segment at least three times a year between April 1 and November 1. Groups do not work in dangerous areas, such as medians, bridges or steep slopes.

Who May Adopt a Highway?

  • Any group organized for some special purpose or task may be a sponsor, except partisan or political groups.
  • Each group must provide one adult supervisor for every 5-6 workers. All workers must be at least 11 years of age or in 6th grade. No other persons should be on the work site.
  • If you wish, a sign announcing to the motoring public your group’s litter control sponsorship will be installed.

Emphasis on Safety

  • The Adopt-a-Highway Program will be carried out with an emphasis on safety. It is important to be very careful when working on the roadsides.
  • A portable “person working” sign provided by Racine County must be used at both ends of your highway segment.
  • Each worker is required to wear a high visibility safety vest while working and must review a safety training videotape (available online at WI DOT). Safety meetings must be held by the group at the beginning of each clean-up day.

Procedures to Adopt a Highway?

  • The Adopt-a-Highway Program is organized on a calendar-year basis.
  • Highway segments are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. However, if all positions are filled, or if the number of applications received exceeds our funding for signs and supplies, your group may be placed on a waiting list. 
  • When your application is approved and returned, your group will be assigned a highway segment in the Adopt-a-Highway Litter Control Program. In addition to the permit to work on the highway rights of way, you will receive further instructions.

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