What is Adopt-A-Highway?
Adopt-A-Highway is a program offering North Dakota residents an opportunity to show they care about the environment.
You and your group can show your concern whether you live close to a city or in a rural area. Food wrappers, aluminum cans, newspapers, cigarette packs, and diapers, are left behind by many careless people along our state's roadways. When trash and debris litter our roadways, it does not leave a good impression on motorists traveling through our state.
An effective way to reduce both litter and the overall cost of litter removal is through the Adopt-A-Highway program. By volunteering to clear a three-mile section of a state highway during the months of April through September and such times as the group deems appropriate, your group will show it cares about the environment. Your group can also help to minimize roadway maintenance costs and save taxpayer dollars. Keeping our roadways clean is the responsibility of all of us. Garbage is unsightly. Help us Keep North Dakota Clean
Volunteers partner with North Dakota:
By volunteering you or your organization's time, you can help to create a good first impression of North Dakota, while spreading the message that littering along highways hurts North Dakota’s environment and scenic quality. Under the Adopt-A- Highway Program, you or your group can help to beautify North Dakota three miles at time. As an added bonus, your group’s name will be placed on an Adopt-A-Highway sign along the section of roadway you have adopted.
Adopt-A-Highway Rules and Guidelines
Group acknowledges the hazardous nature of litter pick up and agrees
to the following terms and conditions:
- When participants are 15 years of age or younger, the group shall
furnish adequate adult supervision.
- Each group shall conduct at least one safety meeting per year,
not more than 30 days before commencing the initial work. Participants
must attend a safety meeting before participating in any work. The
attachment to this agreement, “Safety Tips for Adopt-A-Highway Groups”
shall be covered at all safety meetings.
- groups shall adopt a section of roadway that is normally three
miles in length. No litter pickup is permitted in the medians of
expressways or freeways.
- The adoption period shall be for a minimum of three years.
- The group shall pick up litter in May, July, and September each
year and such other times the group deems appropriate.
- The group shall obtain trash bags from NDDOT during regular business
- The group shall place the filled trash bags just off the outer
portion of the shoulder of the road for pick up by NDDOT.
- Unused trash bags shall be returned to NDDOT within one week
of the cleanup.
- The group shall be considered an independent contractor and not
an employee of NDDOT for any purpose, such as workers compensation,
medical insurance, nor any job benefits normally provided to full-time
- The Group agrees to comply with all applicable laws and rules, including, but not limited to, those relating to nondiscrimination, accessibility, and civil rights.
- The group and each of the participants agrees to release the
State of North Dakota, its agencies, officers and employees (State),
from any and all claims of any nature, including all costs, expenses
and attorneys’’ fees, which may in any manner result from or arise
out of this agreement.
NDDOT agrees to:
- Erect, as soon as feasible, a permanent sign at each end of the
adopted section of the highway or at the beginning of the section
if only one side of the highway is being cleaned, with the group’s
name or acronym displayed.
- Provide safety vests (Effective November 24, 2008, all workers within highway right-of-way are required to wear ANSI/ISEA 107-2004 compliant safety vests).
- Provide trash bags.
- Remove the filled trash bags the first feasible workday after
the pick up.
- Remove litter from the adopted section when unusual circumstances
are discovered; i.e., large, heavy, or hazardous items are on the
right of way.
If in the judgment of NDDOT, it is determined that the group has failed
to perform its duties, NDDOT may terminate this agreement upon 30 days
written notice to the group and remove the signs.