Happy 25th Anniversary Adopt-a-Highway!
What started out as a pilot program in 1985 has now grown into a nationally-recognized program across the world, and it was just 25 years ago when the first stretch of roadway was adopted in Texas. We salute the thousands of volunteers who make a difference and keep our roadway clean and beautiful!
Adopt-a-Highway volunteers keep this Texas-born program going strong. The program currently has more than 4,500 groups across the state, which is a testament to our volunteers and their passion to keep Texas beautiful.
Make a difference:
The Adopt-a-Highway program of the Texas Department of
Transportation gives you an opportunity to keep Texas beautiful.
The Adopt-a-Highway program began in Texas in 1985 and
continues to grow, saving taxpayer’s money and keeping our rights-of-way clean.
Following Texas’ lead, other states have created an Adopt-a-Highway program, and
officials from Great Britain, Japan, and South Africa have visited Texas to
learn more about starting programs of their own. This Texas-born program has
spread to 49 states, Canada, Great Britain, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, and
Mexico. More than 1.3 million volunteers participate in Adopt-a-Highway
Who Should Adopt?
Individuals, families, youth organizations, businesses
(large and small), civic and non-profit organizations, religious groups,
fraternities, sororities, schools… everyone should take pride and
The Adopt-a-Highway program gives citizens an
opportunity to support the department's litter prevention programs by adopting a
section of highway for the purpose of reducing litter on an adopted section
through public participation.
More and more people are coming to Texas, which
translates to – more people – more cars – more traffic – more litter! Volunteers
are needed more than ever to help keep Texas highways beautiful.
Interested in participating in the program?
Contact us at
or contact a local coordinator today for an application.
You adopt a two-mile stretch of highway for a
minimum of two years.
You agree to pick up litter four times per year
(more in some areas due to traffic count)
Adopt-a-Highway signs will be posted with your
group’s name at your adopted section.
Adopt-a-Highway will provide your volunteers with
safety vests, litterbags and safety training.
You bask in the glory of claiming a piece of Texas
It's a free, easy way for groups to help their
communities, make a visible impact and earn some well-deserved Texas Pride.
Texas is growing by leaps and bounds, and surging
population means more cars on our roadways and, unfortunately, more trash.
Although nearly 90 percent of litter on Texas
highways is removed by paid contractors — not by convicts as many folks assume —
volunteer efforts reduce litter cleanup costs and save taxpayers money.
Beauty is the reward. Your ounce of prevention
enables the state to use more tax dollars on highway beautification rather than
Motorists respond. Seeing volunteers at work
resonates with would-be offenders. Research has shown that Adopt-a-Highway
roadsides are generally less littered than those maintained by road crews.
It gives us a jump-start. The number of groups
adopting in recent years has reached a plateau of approximately 3,800 groups at
a time when Texas has more miles of road and more drivers than ever. Your help
to sign up? Locate your area coordinator(s) here.
El programa de Adopte-Una-Carretera
(Adopt-a-Highway/AAH) comenzó en 1985 como una
manera por la cual los Tejanos voluntariamente recogerían la basura en las vías
públicas del estado. Bajo este programa, individuos, los negocios, las
organizaciones cívicas, escuelas, y familias pueden "adoptar" una sección de dos
millas de una caretera estatal. Estas entidades se comprometen a recoger basura
en su respectiva porción de carretera por lo menos de cuatro veces al año. Este
compromiso no solo asegura que las carreteras se mantengan aseadas, sino que
ayuda al estado en el ahorro de sus fondos.
No cuesta nada afiliarse con Adopte-una-Carretera. El
nombre de su organización se reconoce por medio de dos letreros que marcan el
comienzo y final de su sección adoptada de la carretera. Adopte-una-Carretera
proporcionará a sus voluntarios con chalecos de seguridad, bolsas de basura e
instrucción de seguridad. Es una manera magnífica para que las organizaciones
puedan ejecutar el trabajo colectivo con cooperación mutua y a la vez demostrar
el orgullo en sus comunidades.
Si desea participar en este programa, favor de comunicarse con nosotros.