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Nebraska's Adopt-A-Highway Program

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 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.


"Great Nebraska Trash Off"

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.

In 2015 there were 3,409 volunteers that cleaned 526 miles of highway right-of-way.

Denise Wallman, State Coordinator, Nebraska Department of Roads
Adopt-a-Highway Program,

Criteria for Adopting

Basic guidelines:

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

View/Print the Adopt-A-Highway Application/Agreement
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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?

District 1 
302 Superior St
PO Box 94759
Lincoln NE 68509-4759

Phone(402) 471-0850
Fax - (402) 471-3401

District 2 
4425 S 108th St
PO Box 45461
Omaha, NE 68145-0461

Phone (402) 595-2534
FAX (402) 595-1720

District 3 
408 N 13th St
Norfolk NE 68702-1707

Phone(402) 370-3470
FAX - (402) 370-3473

District 4 
211 N Tilden St
PO Box 1488
Grand Island, NE 68802-1488

 Phone (308) 385-6265
FAX (308)385-6269

District 5 
140375 Rundell Road
PO Box 220
Gering, NE 69341

Phone (308) 436-6587
Fax (308) 633-6614

District 6 
1321 N Jeffers
PO Box 1108
North Platte NE 69103-1108

Phone (308) 535-8031
FAX (308) 535-8034

District 7 
619 Auditorium Dr
PO Box 530
McCook NE 69001-0530

Phone (308) 345-8490
FAX (308) 345-8492

District 8 
East Highway 20
736 E 4th St
Ainsworth NE 69210-1215

Phone (402) 387-2471
FAX (402) 387-1498