Adopt-A-Highway is a Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) program designed to help keep the state's highway roadsides clean and attractive. Participants adopt both sides of a section of state highway roadside to clean up over a two-year period. A minimum two-mile stretch of roadway is recommended. More information can be found on www.michigan.gov/adoptahighway.
CAWM has joined the Adopt-A-Highway program for many years and adopted two-miles of highway 96, Exit 28, north/south. It has been one of the CAWM signature community services programs.
The pickup usually happens in spring, summer and fall. The dates are defined by MDOT and posted at in www.michigan.gov/adoptahighway.
The 2019 pickup dates:
April 13 - 21 (most of the Lower Peninsula)
May 4 - 12 (Northern Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula)
July 13 -21 (statewide)
September 21 - 29 (statewide)
We need at least 8 volunteers (12 years or older) to cover each cleanup event. The typical schedule is below:
- Time: 9:30 am
- Meet up location: in the parking lot in front of Target.
3248 Alpine Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49544
- Service time: takes about 2 hours.
Lunch is offered right after the event.
- Watch this safety guideline video on YouTube (it is required!!!)
- Read the safety rules brochure (also required!!!)
- Some highlights excerpted from the safety rules:
a. Watch the video!
b. Carry a cell phone;
c. Stay off the road at least 5 feet from the pavement edge;
d. Be alert for snakes, insects, and poisonous plants (Wear long sleeved apparels);
e. It is getting cooler, you might want to put on more clothes.
5.2 Not do:
f. Pick up trash on the road surface, bridges, or overpasses;
g. Remove hazardous substances or dead animals.