What is Adopt-a-Highway?
- The Adopt-a-Highway Program was initiated by Racine County to allow groups to volunteer and support the County’s anti-litter program in a more direct way.
- The program offers a group the opportunity to make a contribution to the community while generating positive publicity for the group’s service activities.
Is There a Fee?
- There is no fee required.
What Does an Adopt-a-Highway Group Do?
- Each qualified group takes responsibility for litter control on a segment of County highway. The group picks up litter on this segment at least three times a year between April 1 and November 1. Groups do not work in dangerous areas, such as medians, bridges or steep slopes.
Who May Adopt a Highway?
- Any group organized for some special purpose or task may be a sponsor, except partisan or political groups.
- Each group must provide one adult supervisor for every 5-6 workers. All workers must be at least 11 years of age or in 6th grade. No other persons should be on the work site.
- If you wish, a sign announcing to the motoring public your group’s litter control sponsorship will be installed.
Emphasis on Safety
- The Adopt-a-Highway Program will be carried out with an emphasis on safety. It is important to be very careful when working on the roadsides.
- A portable “person working” sign provided by Racine County must be used at both ends of your highway segment.
- Each worker is required to wear a high visibility safety vest while working and must review a safety training videotape (available online at WI DOT). Safety meetings must be held by the group at the beginning of each clean-up day.
Procedures to Adopt a Highway?
- Application and Additional Documents
- By mail or in-person:
- Racine County Public Works and Development Services Department
- 14200 Washington Avenue, Sturtevant, WI 53177
- Ph: (262) 886-8440 or (262) 886-8474
- Link to Google Maps
- email: Kim.Parsons@racinecounty.com
- The Adopt-a-Highway Program is organized on a calendar-year basis.
- Highway segments are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. However, if all positions are filled, or if the number of applications received exceeds our funding for signs and supplies, your group may be placed on a waiting list.
- When your application is approved and returned, your group will be assigned a highway segment in the Adopt-a-Highway Litter Control Program. In addition to the permit to work on the highway rights of way, you will receive further instructions.