Tennessee’s Adopt-A-Highway Program Turns 30

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For 30 years, the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s (TDOT) Adopt-A-Highway program has been keeping Tennessee roadsides clean and beautiful while reducing maintenance costs across the state.

Adopt-A-Highway is a free program that encourages volunteers to “adopt” and clean up a 2-mile stretch of any local state highway. Cleanups are conducted quarterly and reported to TDOT, and local TDOT staff pick up the collected litter after each cleanup.

Since the program began in 1989, volunteers have collected more than 12 million pounds of litter from Tennessee roadsides, and over 570 state highway miles are currently adopted.

Any group or individual over the age of 12 is eligible to participate in the program, and TDOT provides volunteers with all the necessary supplies and safety materials.

To learn more about the program or download a volunteer application, visit tn.gov/tdot.

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