Adopt-A-Highway program is an educational and worthwhile program that
provides companies, small business, private or public organizations
the opportunity to contribute in cleaning up and beautifying California.
You can clean-up and beautify a stretch of California highway with
the cooperation of Caltrans and a minimum of red tape. This is a great
way to promote civic responsibility, community pride and camaraderie
among your organization.
Groups can participate by removing litter, planting
and establishing tree seedlings, planting wildflowers, removing
graffiti or by financially sponsoring a litter sweeper or roadside
rest area maintenance. Groups may do the work with their own people
or hire a contractor to perform noted duties for any of the possible
Public recognition is one of the main focuses with
the Adopt-A-Highway Program. Caltrans places recognition sign(s)
at the beginning of your adopted route in each direction. The signs
are paid for and installed by Caltrans. When you complete the project
your group will be recognized with a Certificate of Appreciation.
Your commitment to the program depends upon the
program chosen. The following programs are available:
Litter pickup - Pick up litter
for two years on a two mile stretch of roadside (medians and pavement
not included) from four to 12 times a year or more, if needed.
Graffiti removal - Clean or
paint a section of wall for two years.
Tree Seedling or Wildflower Adoption
- plant and establish approximately five acres of seedling of
trees/shrubs for two years or plant approximately three acres
of wildflowers according to an approved plan. A two acre slot
is usually the normal size for this particular adoption. There
is a financial commitment with these two types of adoptions.
In addition, all safety and permit requirements
shall and must be followed.
Safety gear (hard hats, orange vest, gloves, safety
glasses) must be worn at all times. Caltrans will provide you with
the appropriate gear to be worn. We will also provide you with free
trash bags and dispose of the trash you collect. An encroachment
permit will also be issued to your group at no charge. If you need
assistance with the planting plans or need technical help, Caltrans
staff will be available to assist you. We do not require insurance
for volunteer participants.
For more information on the program or on
how to get started call Jerry Dart at 619-449-6139.