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Nebraska's Adopt-A-Highway Program
Nebraska Celebrates 25 Years of Adopt-a-Highway
During the month of April, the Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR) is celebrating 25 years of “Adopt-a-Highway.” On April 8, Governor Pete Ricketts signed a proclamation naming April as “Adopt-a-Highway Volunteer Appreciation Month” in Nebraska, during a ceremony at the State Capitol. In addition, the month of April is designated as the “Great Nebraska Trash-Off” – a time for all groups to conduct spring cleaning in their areas.
The first Adopt-A-Highway program in the nation began in Texas in 1985, and is now international in scope. Nebraska's program officially began in April of 1990, through the efforts of Gretna State Senator, Emil Beyer.
The program is currently sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Roads. More info is available by calling 402-479-4843.
In the past years, the Adopt-a-Highway program has grown to cover about one-quarter of the State’s 10,000 miles of roads and currently 900 groups have adopted a section of Nebraska roadsides as their own.
Participants in the "Great Nebraska Trash-Off" must follow the Basic Guidelines for Adopt a Highway (below).
Those wishing to participate should contact their local NDOR office (see map below).
The "Great Nebraska Trash Off " is an annual event, usually held in April. This marathon period of cleaning Nebraska highways generates lots of fun and competition between groups, as well as good publicity for the program and those who participate.
Denise Wallman, State Coordinator, Nebraska Department of Roads
The adopting group must be non-profit.
The group agrees to pick up adopted section twice a year for two years. (agreement is renewable).
Sections are a minimum of two miles and a maximum of six.
Adult supervision is required for volunteers under the age of 15.
State provides the nameplate signs installed at each end of the adopted section, litter bags, traffic signs, safety vests, and disposes of the filled trash bags.
How to Make a Stretch of Highway Your Very Own
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Print the Application and fill it out.
Mail it to the NDOR District Office for the county where you want to adopt.
The District Office will process your Application and get in touch with you.
Not sure where to mail it? Need help choosing an area to adopt?