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Adopt or Sponsor a Highway

Adopt A Highway


The Adopt A Highway Program is offered by UDOT and allows you to help keep the Utah state roads clean. It is a two year voluntary commitment to clean up litter on two miles of highway or state road, with a minimum of three cleanups per year. In recognition of the group’s efforts, UDOT erects a sign on the section of adopted highway with the group’s name.

UDOT Strategic Goals

  • Zero Crashes, Injuries and Fatalities
  • Preserve Infrastructure
  • Optimize Mobility

In an effort to support UDOT’s Strategic Goals, the Adopt A Highway program has the opportunity to provide service to all State routes, with the exception of Interstates.

Adopt A Highway Details

The Department of Transportation and the group will enter into an agreement to allow the group to contribute to the effort of maintaining and creating litter free highways. UDOT will provide litter bags, collect the bags you fill and also provide safety instructions. By their signature on the contract, the group acknowledges the hazardous nature of the work and agrees to assume full responsibility in the event of an accident or other incident involving death or injury to members of the group or others, along with property damage that results from negligence or intentional conduct on the part of any member of the group.

The Group Agrees to:
  • Adopt the specified roadway section for both sides of the roadway and for a period of two years
  • Pick up litter a minimum of three times a year, during daylight hours
  • Coordinate efforts with the UDOT maintenance station foreman in charge of the indicated section of highway at least one week prior to the arranged date and time for litter clean-up
  • Obtain the required supplies for litter clean-up from UDOT during regular business hours. Unused supplies shall be returned to UDOT within one week after the litter clean-up date
  • Utilize volunteers/participants that are a minimum of 14 years old
  • Adult supervision is required for groups which include minor children (age 14-17)
  • Each Group must obtain parental consent for each minor child volunteer. At least two adults should be present at all times while minor children are working
  • Conduct a safety meeting for all Group volunteers/participants prior to any litter clean-up activities
  • Provide additional documentation of the Group name upon request
UDOT Agrees to:
  • Erect a sign at each end of the adopted segment, with the Group’s name displayed
  • Allow the Group to clean up litter on the adopted segment under UDOT’s jurisdiction
  • Assist the Group in their responsibility to hold safety meetings and provide safety instruction as required
  • Provide supplies for litter clean up; including orange vests, litter bags, safety literature, and safety training
  • Assist Group with removal of unusually large or heavy items and any hazardous items

If, by the sole judgment of UDOT, it is determined that the adopting Group is not meeting the terms and conditions of this Agreement or that existing circumstances will not allow the work to be done (i.e. road construction), UDOT may immediately terminate or suspend this Agreement and remove any signs. The Group may terminate this Agreement without cause and without penalty by giving 60 days prior notice to UDOT.

UDOT considers Group members to be covered under the Volunteer Government Workers Act

(Utah Code 67-20).

Contact information for the UDOT maintenance station foreman is included below. Use this information to coordinate litter clean-up efforts and to acquire the needed supplies.

Adopt A Highway Sign Up and Contact Information

To sign up, contact one of the Adopt A Highway coordinators listed below by geographic region.

  1. Browse the geographical area’s map and select the available stretch of road for adoption
  2. Adopt A Highway Map
  3. Complete the Adopt A Highway contract downloaded from the link in the map information box
  4. Return the completed and signed contract to the designated contact for the geographical region you selected on the map
    • Northern Utah (Box Elder, Cache, Davis, Morgan, Rich and Weber Counties)

      Cheryl Marz cherylmarz@gmail.gov
    • Wasatch Front (Tooele, Salt Lake, and Summit Counties)

      Ashlee Matthews ashleematthews@utah.gov
    • Southern Wasatch Front/Uintah Basin (Daggett, Duchesne, Juab, Uintah, Utah and Wasatch Counties)

      Marianne Wheaton mariannewheaton@utah.gov
    • South-Western Utah (Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane, Millard, Piute and Washington Counties)

      Karyl Keanaaina karyl@utah.gov
    • South-Eastern Utah (Carbon, Emery, Grand, San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier and Wayne Counties)

      Debbie Pilling dpilling@utah.gov
  5. Receive a completed contract and contact information for the Maintenance Station in the area
  6. Get started!

By their signature on the contract, the group acknowledges the hazardous nature of the work and agrees to assume full responsibility in the event of an accident or other incident involving death or injury to members of the group or others, along with any and all property damage that results from negligence or intentional conduct on the part of any member of the group.

The Group Agrees to:
  • Adopt the specified roadway section for both sides of the roadway and for a period of two years
  • Pick up litter a minimum of three times a year, during daylight hours
  • Coordinate efforts with the UDOT maintenance station foreman in charge of the indicated section of highway at least one week prior to the arranged date and time for litter clean-up
  • Obtain the required supplies for litter clean-up from UDOT during regular business hours
  • Unused supplies shall be returned to UDOT within one week after the litter clean-up date
  • Utilize volunteers/participants that are a minimum of 14 years old
  • Adult supervision is required for groups which include minor children (age 14-17)
  • Each Group must obtain parental consent for each minor child volunteer
  • At least two adults should be present at all times while minor children are working
  • Conduct a safety meeting to all Group volunteers/participants prior to any litter clean-up activities
  • Provide additional documentation of the Group name upon request
UDOT Agrees to:
  • Erect a sign at each end of the adopted segment with the Group’s name displayed
  • Allow the Group to clean up litter on the adopted segment under UDOT’s jurisdiction
  • Assist the Group in their responsibility to hold safety meetings and provide safety instruction as required
  • Provide supplies for litter clean-up; including orange vests, litter bags, safety literature, and safety training
  • Assist Group with removal of unusually large or heavy items and any hazardous items

If, by the sole judgment of UDOT, it is determined that the adopting Group is not meeting the terms and conditions of this Agreement, or that existing circumstances will not allow the work to be done (i.e. road construction), UDOT may immediately terminate or suspend this Agreement and remove any signs.

The Group may terminate this Agreement without cause and without penalty by giving 60 days prior notice to UDOT.

UDOT considers Group members to be covered under the Volunteer Government Workers Act


(Utah Code 67-20).

Sponsor A Highway


To further achieve our Strategic Goals, UDOT has implemented the Sponsor A Highway Program in addition to the existing Adopt A Highway Program.

The Sponsor A Highway Program is a no cost to the state contract that allows private companies to sponsor a Contractor to maintain segments of eligible roadway. The Contractor will install a standard sign along each sponsored roadway segment with the corresponding sponsor’s logo attached to the sign.

For more information about UDOT’s Sponsor A Highway Program contact
Cj Connor, Project Manager
cconnor@utah.gov


Downloads

Sponsor a Highway Sign Template
Sponsor Sign Examples

Related Links

Currently Available and Sponsored Roadway Segments

  • List of all roadway segments organized by Routes within UDOT Regions currently available and sponsored on Utah’s highways.

Current Litter Bag Count

  • List of sponsored roadway segments, with number of litter bags picked up in the previous month.


Check out our Sponsor (Contractors)

Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corporation Website

Contact information
info@adoptahighway.com
800-200-0003


Adopt or Sponsor A Highway - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are the differences between the Adopt A Highway (AAH) and the Sponsor A Highway (SAH) Programs?
AAH
– Setup in locations with lower speeds and safer locations (no interstate routes)
– Typically, volunteer groups or individuals who adopt a segment of roadway and do litter removal throughout the section at a minimum of two times per year (no cost to volunteers)
– Litter is bagged and left for UDOT to dispose of
– UDOT places an acknowledgement plaque (much smaller than a SAH sign)
SAH
– Used in high speed locations where it is unsafe to have volunteer groups or untrained individuals working on the roadside
– Individuals or Companies that choose to sponsor interstate/highway route segments, which includes a monthly fee
– Hired contractor picks up litter on their sponsor’s designated route segment(s)
– Sponsor receives large mainline sign placed along their respective route segment(s)