Frequently Asked Questions
- How did this program start?
The Adopt a Highway concept originated in the 1980s when James “Bobby” Evans, an engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT), saw debris flying out of a pickup truck bed. Litter cleanup was expensive, so Evans sought the help of local groups to sponsor the cleaning of sections of the highway. Between the efforts of Evans and Billy Black, a public information officer with TXDOT, a program was developed and in 1985, the Tyler Civitan Club became the first Adopt a Highway group in the nation. The feeling was then, as now, that providing a recognition panel on each end of an adopted section was the least a DOT could do in return for allowing maintenance crews to focus more on actual road maintenance jobs, such as guardrail and pothole repair.
Adopt a Highway programs began to sprout up everywhere and can now be found in 47 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, and an untold number of U.S. cities and counties.
In Arizona, Governor Rose Mofford was a leading motivator for implementing the ADOT Adopt a Highway volunteer program in 1988.
- How much does ADOT spend on the Adopt a Highway program? Where does the money come from?
- Why is there so much trash on the roadsides?
- What is the difference between Adopt a Highway and Don’t Trash AZ! Aren’t they the same?
- I see new Adopt a Highway Signs on the road. What’s up with that? I like my old signs just fine.
- How much money does the AAH program save the state?
- Can I use Adopt a Highway to promote my business to the travelling public?