Adopt-a-Highway Program

The City’s Adopt-a-Highway Program is available to all groups who are an established organization with an acting President and Group Coordinator. Groups are required to provide a list of volunteers with signed waivers, schedule clean-ups at least four times per calendar year, and remove and dispose of all collected litter.

The City’s responsibilities include providing training resources for the Group Coordinator, providing the safety signs required for clean-up, providing safety vests for the volunteers, and placing Adopt-a-Highway signs at adopted sections of roadway.

The roadways must be located within the City of Champaign and must be at least one mile in length. The City suggests roadways that are considered primary roadways. Depending on the circumstances, secondary roads may be considered but are not recommended. Approval of the selected roadways by the Administrative Services Division is required.

Contracts will be for a maximum of two years; however, the City reserves the right to cancel an agreement if the terms of the contract are not being fulfilled. Contracts can be renewed after the initial two year commitment. Participating groups will be required to provide clean-up of their adopted roadway on at least four occasions annually. Clean-ups will be required, at least once each, in the spring, summer, and fall. A fourth clean-up can be scheduled at the convenience of the group. More than four clean-ups is encouraged, but not required.

Clean-ups should be scheduled in writing two weeks in advance of the desired clean-up date and accompanied by a list of participants with waivers on file. This can be accomplished by sending an e-mail to Please put “Adopt-a-Highway” and the group name on the subject line.

Groups are responsible for removing all materials collected during clean-ups. All materials easily handled by one person should be cleaned up and removed. Items too large to be collected should be brought to the City’s attention. The groups are responsible for disposal of the material; however, materials may be brought to the Public Works Department, 702 Edgebrook Drive, Champaign, Illinois Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Groups shall ensure that all volunteers have participated in safety training. Safety training should be provided by the Group Coordinator. All volunteers are required to wear City supplied safety vests while engaged in the project. Groups will set up City supplied signs as directed by the City.

For additional information contact:

Adopt-a-Highway Coordinator
Public Works Department
702 Edgebrook Drive
Champaign, IL 61820-2198

The State of Illinois also has an Adopt a Highway program.