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       ODOT District 3 Adopt-A-Highway Program
                  Sonya Riley, Coordinator, 419-207-7160

Ohio is a beautiful state and has one of the most efficient and safe highway systems in the nation. Every year, Ohio becomes more populated and the volume of traffic increases, which leads to an increase of litter. Last year, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) spent approximately $4.4 million and 206,221 labor hours picking up 392,305 bags of litter from highways and interchanges.

The cost and time involved to remove litter from the highways could have been used for other needs. $4 million is approximately what it costs to install 340 miles of safety guardrail, pave 40 miles of a two-lane highway or purchase 28 snowplow trucks.

ODOT does have help in fighting litter. As part of coordinated cleanup efforts in many parts of the state, hundreds of volunteer groups comprised of local neighborhood groups, businesses and organizations pick up thousands of pounds of recyclables, litter and debris.

The ODOT Adopt-A-Highway program enables the Department to save important taxpayer dollars and allows work crews to devote more time to core functions like road maintenance and construction project. On average, Adopt-A-Highway volunteers pick up 25,000 bags of trash, saving the Department $280,000 each year.  


 How it Works


Your organization, business, or group of friends agree to 'adopt' an Ohio Interstate, U.S. Route or State Route outside a village or city corporation limit. Each section is approximately two miles long. The agreement you sign with ODOT is for two years, to complete four pick-ups each year. You can have as many people participate in your group as you wish, but they must be at least 12-years-old. And, all members of your group must sign a release form to participate.

ODOT provides safety training for your group, along with safety vests, trash bags and maintenance of traffic signs. ODOT will also place bi-directional highway signs in recognition of your group at the section you adopt.

To begin, fill out the participation forms below and return to Sonya Riley.


 Participation Forms


 For Your Safety


 Litter Pickup Report Form

* Indicates required field

Today's Date *
Select a date from the calendar.
Name of group *
Number of People in Group
Number of Hours
Number of Bags
Ohio County (D3)
Date of pickup *
Select a date from the calendar.  
Contact name *
Phone number *

 Local Coordinators

Scott EagleAshland County
Kathy HuntCrawford County
Sheila KnallayErie County
Laura SpeerHuron County
Eric FeatherlinMedina County
Jean BurrowsRichland County
Marion GravenWayne & Lorain Counties