NDDOT encourages groups to volunteer to adopt a highway this summer
June 6, 2016
The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) wants to remind groups looking to volunteer about the Adopt-A-Highway. The program gives you an opportunity to help keep North Dakota looking its best and be a champion for the environment. Food wrappers, aluminum cans, newspapers, cigarette packs, and diapers, are commonly left behind by many careless people along or get hidden from winter weather on North Dakotas state roadways. There are quite a few three mile sections of highway in the Fargo or surrounding cities available for a business, school, church or large community organization of 15-40 people to volunteer to keep clean. Volunteers provide a tremendous service to their state and community.
Up for Adoption
The Fargo district has sections of highway available to adopt near the following cities:
Contact the Fargo District office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday – Friday at (701) 239-8901 for further information on the specific areas.
Volunteers from the large groups will be in charge of clearing a three-mile section of their selected state highway during the months of April through September and other times the volunteers deem appropriate. The name of the organization or group will be placed on an Adopt-A-Highway sign along with the sections of roadway they have adopted.
Before Submitting an Application
When thinking about volunteering your organization or group, a few things to know about the Adopt-A-Highway program:
- The adoption period for your stretch of highway is a minimum of three years.
- Groups adopt a section of roadway that is typically three miles in length.
- May, July, and September each year are the litter pick up months we’ve designated; however, a group can host a cleanup in other months as well.
- Before beginning you must conduct a safety meeting. Safety meetings need to be held at least once per year, no more than 30 days before starting your first pick up.
- Group participants 15 years of age or younger in your group need adequate adult supervision.
- Groups will be provided with safety vests and trash bags from the NDDOT.
- The NDDOT handles pick up and disposal of filled trash bags after cleanups.
And don’t worry if there are any unusual circumstances in your stretch of adopted interstate, like large, heavy or hazardous items in the right of way, the NDDOT will remove these for you.
To read the volunteer agreement, it’s detailed in full here: http://www.dot.nd.gov/public/adopt.htm#volunteer
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