TDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway program celebrates 30 years

TDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway program is celebrating 30 years of beautifying Tennessee roadsides. The program began statewide in 1989 as a means for individuals, community groups and civic organizations to clean-up their communities and receive roadside recognition. The completely free program has grown over time, removing more than 12 million pounds of litter from Tennessee roadsides. Today, more than 550 miles of roadside across the state have been adopted. 

“Adopt-A-Highway is a win for everyone involved,” explained Commissioner Clay Bright. “This program allows for our department to directly connect to those who care about their community’s appearance. Volunteers receive recognition and TDOT saves money on picking up litter.”

According to 2016 litter research (Baselice & Associates, April 2016), over 100 million pieces of litter exist on Tennessee rights-of-ways at any given time. That number has decreased by 53 percent since 2006, largely due to volunteer efforts through the Adopt-a-Highway Program. Still, TDOT spends more than $15 million annually on litter pickup and prevention education.  

Adopt-A-Highway is a free program for the public to volunteer to clean up a two-mile stretch of local state highway. Clean-ups are conducted quarterly and reported to TDOT. Local department staff provides safety equipment, trash grabbers and bags. For the effort, TDOT installs free roadside recognition panels along every adopted area, naming the adoptive individual, group, or organization. For help getting started, program resources are available electronically on the TDOT website. 

By order of Gov. Bill Lee, Oct. 6 – 12, 2019 is proclaimed as “Adopt-A-Highway 30th Anniversary Week” in Tennessee. Groups conducting clean-ups during that week will receive a 30th anniversary t-shirt and gloves and have the chance to be featured on @myTDOT and Nobody Trashes Tennessee social media postings.    

A list of Adopt-A-Highway cleanup events happening this week can be found on the following page.

For more information about TDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway program, visit: For more information about TDOT’s Nobody Trashes Tennessee statewide litter prevention campaign, visit:

Cleanup DateParticipating Group Route Adopted 
Mon., Oct. 7thThe Bumble BeesSR-58 (Hamilton County)
 Friends of TennesseeSR-56 (Dekalb County)
 Alpha Xi Chapter of Sigma Beta Xi Sorority SR-96 (Rutherford County)
 St. Timothy Lutheran Church SR-6 (Sumner County)
 Keep Cocke Co BeautifulSR-321 (Cocke County)
Wed., Oct. 9thYour Neighbors at Chelaque EstatesSR-1 (Davidson County)
 Nannetts WondersSR-70 (Haywood County)
Thu., Oct. 10thUSCG Cutter Chippewa CrewSR 119 (Henry County)
Fri., Oct. 11thTown of SmyrnaSR-1 (Rutherford County)
 Sam & Patsy VinesSR-84 (Putnam County)
 Statem Gap Baptist Church-Youth GroupSR-474 (Hamblen County) 
 Chuckey-Doak FFASR-34 (Greene County)
 Morristown- Hamblen East High Student Council SR-34 (Hamblen County)
 Northeast State Criminal Justice SocietySR-75 (Sullivan County)
 Keep Carter County BeautifulSR-359 (Carter County)
 Nissan Auto Assembly PlantSR-102 (Rutherford County)
 Iglesia La Luz del MundoSR-204 (Shelby County)
 Colonial ChemicalSR-156 (Marion County)
 US Coast GuardSR-65 (Davidson County)
Sat., Oct. 12thRationalists of East Tennessee I-140 (Knox County)
 Ghanaian Association of Middle TNSR 171 (Wilson County)
 West Nashville Moose LodgeSR-70 (Davidson County)
 Steam Logistics, LLC DBA Steam OceanSR-58 (Hamilton County)
 Carter County Democratic Women’s ClubSR-400 (Carter County)
 FFG Community ChurchSR-101 (Cumberland County)
 OptoroSR-109 (Wilson County)
 Renaissance NashvilleSR-11 (Davidson County) 
 City of Refuge Worship CenterSR-7 (Maury County)

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