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Encyclopedia > Adopt a Highway
An example of the Minnesota Adopt a Highway sign
An example of the Minnesota Adopt a Highway sign

The Adopt-a-Highway program, also known as Sponsor-a-Highway is a promotional campaign undertaken by U.S. state and national governments to encourage volunteers to keep a section of a highway free from litter. In exchange for regular litter removal an organization is allowed to have their name posted on a sign in the section of the highways they maintain. Image File history File links AdoptAHighway. ... Image File history File links AdoptAHighway. ... The Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT, pronounced min-dot) oversees transportation by land, water, and air in the U.S. state of Minnesota. ... A state of the United States (a U.S. state) is any one of the fifty states (four of which officially favor the term commonwealth) which, along with the District of Columbia, form the United States of America. ...


The program originated in Texas when James Evans, an engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation, saw debris flying out of a pickup truck bed. Litter cleanup by the city was expensive, so Evans sought the help of local groups to sponsor the cleaning of sections of the highway. The efforts of Billy Black, a public information officer led to quarterly cleanup cycles, volunteer safety training, the issuing of reflective vests and equipment, and the posting of adopt-a-highway signs. Official language(s) See: Languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 268,581 sq. ... // History The Texas Legislature created the Texas Highway Department in 1917 to administer federal highway construction and maintenance. ...


The Tyler Civitan Club was the first group to volunteer adopting two miles along Highway 69. The program proved to be very successful and has since spread to 49 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and Japan. Texas State Highway 69 or SH 69 is a cancelled state highway. ...


Some states, such as Nevada, offer both Adopt-a-Highway andSponsor-a-Highway programs. In these cases, "adopting" is done by volunteers from various organizations who do the litter pickup themselves, while "sponsoring" is done on highways with high traffic volume, using professional contractors capable of removing litter safely in such environments. Official language(s) None Capital Largest city Carson City Las Vegas Area  - Total   - Width   - Length    - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 7th 110,567 sq mi  286,367 km² 322 miles  519 km 490 miles  788 km 0. ...


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