New to the program this year, the department has automated forms on the Adopt-a-Highway website to streamline reporting cleanup efforts. The interactive map unveiled last year shows areas maintained by Wisconsin’s 2,889 Adopt-a-Highway groups as well as what routes are still available for additional volunteers.
As part of the program, WisDOT furnishes safety vests, highway worker signs, a safety training video, trash bags, and two permanent signs identifying the group. Each group must provide one adult supervisor for every five or six volunteers. Groups do not work in dangerous areas like medians, bridges or steep slopes.
Adopt-a-Highway workers are asked to clean up their assigned two-mile state highway segment at least three times per year. County highway crews gather the bagged materials for proper disposal. Of the 11,800 miles of state highway in Wisconsin, about 3,850 miles (about one-third of the system) are still available for adoption, meaning there’s plenty of room for interested volunteers. Check out the interactive map to find nearby opportunities.