For over a decade, volunteer groups have been cleaning up Oklahoma's "front yard" as part of the Adopt-A-Highway (AAH) Program. The program, which began as part of an anti-litter campaign in the summer of 1987, is aimed at improving the appearance of Oklahoma roadsides and reducing our $3.3 million annual cost of picking up litter on the highway system.
Oklahomans adopt two-mile sections of highway and agree to pick up litter at least four times a year for a two-year period. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) provides trash bags, removal of filled bags, orange vests, temporary warning signs and initial safety training. Adopted sections will be identified by a sign at each end listing the group's name.
"IN MEMORY OF" ADOPTIONS:
An increasing number of two mile roadside sites are being adopted by families or groups wanting to adopt "in memory of" someone who has died, whether in an accident or from natural causes. It is an ideal way to remember a person without placing the illegal crosses/flowers on the right-of-way. The crosses create a real problem and danger for the crews mowing. "In memory of"adoptions are processed the same way as regular adoptions. Contact the Beautification Office at 1-405-521-4037, or email inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Oklahoma's AAH program includes more than 1,100 groups across the state, but there are still sections of highway that need your help to keep our land grand! For more information, contact the ODOT Beautification Office, 1-405-521-4037.