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Adopt a Highway
What is "Adopt-a-Highway"?
"Adopt-a-Highway" is a cooperative effort between county and community organizations to help reduce litter along Fremont County's highways. To adopt a highway, volunteer organizations agree to keep a two-mile section of highway free of litter for two years. In exchange, the volunteers receive safety vests, trash bags, temporary warning signs, safety training, and disposal of the collected trash. In addition, a sign bearing their name will be posted at the beginning of their section of adopted highway. At the end of the two-year period, volunteers will receive a certificate of appreciation and may renew their commitment or select a new section of roadway for adoption.
Who Can Adopt?
Any member or employee of civic and non-profit organizations; and commercial and private enterprises may, upon approval by the county, adopt a section of county highway. This includes civic and service organizations, military units, youth groups, neighborhood associations, business employees, schools, environmental groups and church groups.
"Adopt-a-Highway" Safety Tips
- Park all vehicles clear of the roadway and at least 10 feet from the shoulders surface.
- Work only in daylight and fair weather.
- Avoid overexertion. Take breaks and drink plenty of water.
- Keep vehicles on the same side of the highway as volunteers.
- Wear light-colored clothing and your safety vest at all times.
- Wear heavy gloves, leather shoes or boots, and a hat and long sleeves to avoid sunburn.
- Be alert for snakes, stinging insects, and noxious weeds.
- Avoid areas where herbicides were applied that day.
- Don't attempt to compact trash bags to make room for more trash. Injuries form broken and jagged objects often result from this practice.
- Don't pick up materials that appear to be hazardous. Contact the County Road Department or the police immediately.
- Don't attempt to pick up items on the roadway, on bridges, in tunnels, or on over passes.
- Don't bring small children along.
- Don't work during peak travel times.