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Adopt-A-Highway Frequently Asked Questions


  1. What is Adopt-A-Highway?
  2. Who can participate in the Adopt-A-Highway Program?
  3. Will it cost me anything to be an Adopt-A-Highway volunteer?
  4. How can I get an Adopt-A-Highway application?
  5. Where do I send my completed application?
  6. How do I know if my Adopt-A-Highway application has been approved?
  7. If I have questions about the program or the application process who can I contact?
  8. How can I find out what sections of state highway right-of-way are available for adoption?
  9. How many miles of highway will I be asked to adopt?
  10. How long is my commitment to pick up trash on my adopted section?
  11. How many times per year are adopted sections picked up?
  12. How do I get Adopt-A-Highway litter pickup supplies?
  13. Who is responsible to dispose of filled litter bags?
  14. What should I do if filled litter bags are still on the adopted section several days after I picked up?
  15. Why haven´t my Adopt-A-Highway signs been placed on the adopted section?
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What is Adopt-A-Highway?

Adopt-A-Highway is ITD´s program that emphasizes anti-litter education and utilizes volunteers to control litter on their adopted section of state highway right-of-way.   

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Who can participate in the Adopt-A-Highway Program?

Individuals, families, members or employees of civic or nonprofit organizations and commercial or private enterprises may, upon approval by ITD, adopt a section of state highway right-of-way for the purpose of picking up litter from their adopted section.

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Will it cost me anything to be an Adopt-A-Highway volunteer?

Travel costs and personal items, for example, gloves, insect repellent, sun screen and trash grabbers are the responsibility of the volunteers. ITD supplies all standard litter removal materials, for example, litter bags, safety vests and traffic control signs.

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How can I get an Adopt-A-Highway application?

Refer to the Adopt-A-Highway home page for links to documents and forms and also to the Adopt-A-Highway Information/Application Packet. If you would prefer a hard copy of the Adopt-A-Highway Information/Application Packet mailed to you, please refer to the Contacts link and telephone the contact person for the area where the section of state highway right-of-way is located.   

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Where do I send my completed application?

The completed ITD 2869 Adopt-A-Highway Program Application is submitted to the contact person in the district where the section of state highway right-of way is located.  

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How do I know if my Adopt-A-Highway application has been approved?

If within four weeks of submitting the application you have not received a written notice of approval or denial, telephone the contact person in the district where the section of state highway right-of-way is located.

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If I have questions about the program or the application process who can I contact?

Refer to the Contacts link, the contact person for the area where the section of state highway right-of-way is located will answer any questions you have about the program or the application process. 

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How can I find out what sections of state highway right-of-way are available for adoption?

To view sections of roadway available for adoption, select a region or an area on the Idaho map located on the Adopt-A-Highway home page. If you still have questions, telephone the contact person in the district where the section of state highway right-of-way is located.

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How many miles of highway will I be asked to adopt?

Volunteers adopt a section of roadway that is at least 2 miles long, when possible. Shorter sections may be adopted when conditions prohibit adopting 2 miles.

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How long is my commitment to pick up trash on my adopted section?

Volunteers are required to adopt a section for two years. If the section has been picked up and the pickups have been reported as outlined in the Adopt-A-Highway information/application packet, they will be given the opportunity to renew the adoption for an additional two years.

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How many times per year are adopted sections picked up?

Volunteers pick up litter a minimum of two times a year, or more frequently if needed to maintain the appearance of the section in a manner suitable for the traveling public.

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How do I get Adopt-A-Highway litter pickup supplies?

The Adopt-A-Highway Application/Information packet contains Maintenance shed, lead worker and foreman telephone numbers for each of ITD´s six districts. Telephone the lead worker or foreman at the Maintenance shed closest to the adopted section to obtain litter pickup supplies. You can also telephone the contact person for the district where the section of state highway right-of-way is located.

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Who is responsible to dispose of filled litter bags?

To the extent possible, ITD removes filled trash bags from the adopted section the first ITD workday following a litter pickup.

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What should I do if filled litter bags are still on the adopted section several days after I picked up?

The lead worker or foreman at the Maintenance shed nearest to the adopted section (you will find their contact information in your Adopt-A-Highway information/application packet) should be contacted about the filled bags. You can also telephone the contact person for the district where the adopted section of right-of-way is located for assistance.

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Why haven´t my Adopt-A-Highway signs been placed on the adopted section?

If your adopted section is in District 1, District 3 or District 6 you will need to perform one litter pickup and report the pickup on ITD 2774 Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup Report. If your section is in District 1, District 3 or District 6 and you have completed and reported one litter pickup; the weather has been suitable for sign placement, and it has been at least six weeks since your application was approved and your signs are not up then telephone the contact person in the district where the section is located.  

If your adopted section is in District 2, District 4 or District 5 and the weather has been suitable for sign placement and it has been at least six weeks since your application was approved and your signs are not up then telephone the contact person in the district where the section is located.

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Page Last Modified: 9/28/2009 4:09:28 PM

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