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TDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway Program Celebrates 30 Years

Monday, October 07, 2019 | 08:57am

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 2 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 Governor Lee, October 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 Date

Participating Group

Route Adopted

Mon., Oct. 7th

The Bumble Bees

SR-58 (Hamilton County)


Friends of Tennessee

SR-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 Beautiful

SR-321 (Cocke County)

Wed., Oct. 9th

Your Neighbors at Chelaque Estates

SR-1 (Davidson County)


Nannetts Wonders

SR-70 (Haywood County)

Thu., Oct. 10th

USCG Cutter Chippewa Crew

SR 119 (Henry County)

Fri., Oct. 11th

Town of Smyrna

SR-1 (Rutherford County)


Sam & Patsy Vines

SR-84 (Putnam County)


Statem Gap Baptist Church-Youth Group

SR-474 (Hamblen County)


Chuckey-Doak FFA

SR-34 (Greene County)


Morristown- Hamblen East High Student Council

SR-34 (Hamblen County)


Northeast State Criminal Justice Society

SR-75 (Sullivan County)


Keep Carter County Beautiful

SR-359 (Carter County)


Nissan Auto Assembly Plant

SR-102 (Rutherford County)


Iglesia La Luz del Mundo

SR-204 (Shelby County)


Colonial Chemical

SR-156 (Marion County)


US Coast Guard

SR-65 (Davidson County)

Sat., Oct. 12th

Rationalists of East Tennessee

I-140 (Knox County)


Ghanaian Association of Middle TN

SR 171 (Wilson County)


West Nashville Moose Lodge

SR-70 (Davidson County)


Steam Logistics, LLC DBA Steam Ocean

SR-58 (Hamilton County)


Carter County Democratic Women's Club

SR-400 (Carter County)


FFG Community Church

SR-101 (Cumberland County)



SR-109 (Wilson County)


Renaissance Nashville

SR-11 (Davidson County)


City of Refuge Worship Center

SR-7 (Maury County)