Category:824 Adopt-A-Highway and Sponsor-A-Highway Programs

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Mr. McAllister picks up most of western Wayne County and is a great example of the more than 40,000 volunteers who participate in the Adopt-A-Highway Program.


The purpose of the Adopt-A-Highway program is to provide community support for litter prevention and highway beautification efforts.

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MoDOT is responsible for maintaining about 385,000 acres of right of way. Much of this consists of the roadsides along a highway. Because of this large task, MoDOT started the Adopt-A-Highway program in the fall of 1987. Approximately 4000 groups have now adopted more than 6000 miles of Missouri roadways for litter cleanup and other services. The program allows the public to become personnally involved in improving our environment and helping to keep Missouri's roadsides beautiful.

The program is not intended as a means of providing a public forum for the participants to use in promoting name recognition or political causes. Missouri highway right of way is not a public forum. MoDOT spends about $5-$6 million annually to clean up litter, not including the efforts of the volunteers in our Adopt-A-Highway program.

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Refer to EPG 141.8 Sponsorship Programs for more information on MoDOT's Sponsorship Policy.

Cleaning up Missouri’s roadsides just got a little easier for some people. The Sponsor-A-Highway program complements MoDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway program by offering one more way for citizens to clean up Missouri. Groups or organizations can sponsor a highway in the Kansas City and Saint Louis areas and pay a private group, Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Services of America, Inc., to do litter cleanup and other services on their behalf. The Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Services of America, Inc. has been in business for more than 20 years and provides litter removal services in 12 other states. Their goal is to provide MoDOT with a resource for cleaning highways.

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Sponsored roadside sections are cleaned at least once a month, or more if needed. Sponsors will still receive a sign with their name and logo on it, denoting the highway section they have sponsored, similar to the signs other groups receive for adopting highways. The sponsors will pay the contracted company based on the amount of highway cleaned and how often their sponsored area is to be cleaned.

Refer to EPG 141.8 Sponsorship Programs for more information on MoDOT's Sponsorship Policy.

To sponsor a highway, call (800) 831-0821 or visit

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