ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY

Take an active role to keep your state clean - participate in the Adopt-A-Highway program. The Kansas Department of Transportation started the Adopt-A-Highway program in December 1989, with the first pick ups starting in April 1990. Participation in the program ranges from church and civic organizations, clubs, families, youth groups, employees from businesses, and much more.

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Why should highways be adopted?

Litter pollutes the land and waterways in Kansas and can be harmful to people and animals. Adopting a highway helps the environment, saves tax dollars, and gives adopting groups a chance to performa valuable civic service to their community and the State of Kansas. It is up to us to be responsible and keep our state looking great.

Who can adopt a highway?

Civic-minded groups or businesses with an interest in keeping our highways litter-free, including families, youth organizations, civic groups, non-profit organizations, churches, schools, social organizations, neighborhood groups, service organizations, retiree organizations, and city, county or state agencies. Eligible groups must comply with state laws prohibiting discrimination based on race, religion, color, age, gender or national origin.

Any group whose name promotes or opposes an elected official or candidate for public office is not eligible to participate in the adopt-a-highway program. In addition, adoptions are not allowed for political candidates and/or their election campaign organizations, elected officials, or entities that may constitute partisan endorsements.

Group members must be at least 11 years old and have adequate adult supervision.

What is required of participating groups?

Groups agree to remove litter at least three times a year for a two-year period at their convenience. There's no cost to a group that joins the program - all we request is your time and efforts. KDOT recommends participating groups have a minimum of five members to be able to effectively remove litter on the assigned highway section. KDOT provides the safety vests, instructional safety materials, and trash bags.


What about a recognition sign?

KDOT provides and places a sign marking each group’s assigned section of highway. The name on the sign is limited to the Group’s name or acronym of up to 30 spaces. See the Adopt-A-Highway Application and Agreement for additional restrictions on the name placed on the sign and when KDOT will replace or can remove a sign.

Where is highway available to adopt?

There are urban and rural sections of highway available to adopt throughout the state. Please contact the KDOT office listed below which is closest to you.

How can our group adopt a highway?

Please fill out the attached application form and send it to the nearest KDOT office. KDOT will work with the applying group to select a section of highway to be adopted. KDOT may not allow some highway sections to be adopted for safety or other considerations. Groups may be put on a waiting list if they are interested in a particular area that is already adopted.

How long are the sections of highway?

Most sections are two miles in length. Some groups request three-mile sections in rural areas and some groups may adopt a one-mile stretch in urban areas. We work with each group to try and fit their needs. We encourage groups to plan an extra-curricular activity on their clean-up day. Many groups plan a picnic after they clean along the highway in order to combine work and fun.


What else should an adopting group know about the program?

The program is not intended as an advertising medium or a means of providing a public forum for groups, individuals or businesses to use in promoting name recognition, a particular cause, or a political candidate or position. Participants may not display messages, carry banners, or advertise their business or group affiliation or cause. The safety of those collecting litter and the travelling public are of paramount concern. For that reason, while collecting litter on right-of-way, the method, manner and appearance of the participants should be conducted in a way distract, disrupt, or adversely affect traffic or the safety of the travelling public.

Additional restrictions, terms and conditions can be found in the Adopt-a-Highway Application and Agreement Form.

Listed below are the KDOT offices to call in your area if you are interested in joining the Adopt-A-Highway program.

Thanks for your interest in the Kansas Adopt-A-Highway program!!

The Sponsor-A-Highway program is designed to provide civic-minded businesses the opportunity to financially sponsor litter removal on designated state highways.

To adopt a section of highway,
KDOT phone numbers listed below

adopt a highway sign

(Just ask for the Adopt-A-Highway coordinator in the KDOT office located closest to you.)

Northeast Kansas

KDOT District One Office
121 S.W. 21st St
Topeka, KS 66612 
(785) 296-3881

KDOT Area One Office
1686 1st Avenue East
Horton, KS 66439-0151
(785) 486-2142

KDOT Area Three Office
650 N. K-7 Hwy
Bonner Springs, KS 66012-1736
(913) 721-2960

KDOT Area Five Office
1425 W. U.S. 24

Wamego, KS 66436-0228
(785) 456-2353

KDOT Area Two Office
322 S. Martin
Osage City, KS 66523-0212
(785) 528-3128

KDOT Area Four Office
101 Gage Blvd.
Topeka, KS 66606-2021
(785) 296-2291

KDOT Area Six Office
1290 S. Enterprise
Olathe, KS 66061-5355
(913) 764-0987

North Central Kansas

KDOT District Two Office
1006 N. Third
Salina, KS 67402-0857 
(785) 823-3754

KDOT Area One Office
731 W. Crawford
Clay Center, KS 67432-0330
(785) 632-3108

KDOT Area Three Office
U.S. 56 & Cedar St.
Marion, KS 66861-0236
(620) 382-3717

KDOT Area Two Office
E. on U.S. 36
Mankato, KS 66956-0220
(785) 378-3166

KDOT Area Four Office
1 blk. W. of K-14. K-140 jct.
Ellsworth, KS 67439-0147
(785) 472-4447

Northwest Kansas

District Three Office
312 S. Second
Norton, KS 67654-0350 
(785) 877-3315

KDOT Area One Office
1777 Highway 183
Phillipsburg, KS 67661-0268
(785) 543-2163

KDOT Area Three Office
1811 W. Frontier Road, P.O. Box 760
Hays, KS 67601-0760
(785) 625-9718

KDOT Area Two Office
P.O. Box 156
Atwood, KS 67730-0156
(785) 626-3258

KDOT Area Four Office
3501 Highway 40, P.O. Box 130
Oakley, KS 67748-0130
(785) 672-3113

Southeast Kansas

KDOT District Four Office
411 W. Fourteenth
Chanute, KS 66720-0498 
(620) 431-1000

KDOT Area One Office
1720 N. State
Iola, KS 66749-0366
(620) 365-2161

KDOT Area Three Office
3097 W. Main
Independence, KS 67301-0884
(620) 331-3760

KDOT Area Two Office
Jct. U.S. 59 and K-31
Garnett, KS 66032-0325
(785) 448-5446

KDOT Area Four Office
1813 W. 4th
Pittsburg, KS 66762-0104
(620) 231-7560

South Central Kansas

District Five Office
500 N. Hendricks
Hutchinson, KS 67504-0769
(620) 663-3361

KDOT Area Two Office
205 Oil Hill Road
El Dorado, KS 67042-0888
(316) 321-3370

KDOT Area Four Office
E. On Hwy 56 & Kiowa Road
Great Bend, KS 67530-0086
(620) 793-5408

KDOT Area One Office
309 Iowa
Pratt, KS 67124-0409
(620) 672-7494

KDOT Area Three Office
4501 W. 9th
Winfield, KS 67156-0639
(620) 221-3370

KDOT Area Five Office
3200 East 45th St. North
Wichita , KS 67220-1432
(316) 744-1271

Southwest Kansas

KDOT District Six Office
121 N. Campus Drive
Garden City, KS 67846-0619
(620) 276-3241

KDOT Area Two Office
P.O. Box 362
Ulysses, KS 67880-0362
(620) 624-4451

KDOT Area One Office
N. of Syracuse on Main St.
Syracuse, KS 67878-1417
(620) 384-7821

KDOT Area Three Office
2501 E. Wyatt Earp Blvd.
Dodge City, KS 67801-0729
(620) 227-6122