Safety - Adopt-A-Highway program

Safety requirements | Safety alerts | Safety education

Three volunteers wearing yellow safety vests walking along  Highway 164.The Adopt-A-Highway program emphasizes safety. Volunteers are encouraged to adhere to safety best pra​ctices. Informatio​n about safety best practices is outlined in WisDOT's safety video and safety brochure.  

It is strongly encouraged every participant watch the video and be familiar with roadside safety concerns. It is important to be very careful when working on the roadsides.

WisDOT's Adopt-A-Highway program manages volunteer efforts to clean up roadside areas throughout the 11,800 mile state highway system. Community efforts to clean up local and county roadways outside of the state system may also benefit from reviewing these safety materials.

Safety Video



Safety Brochure

"Your safety comes first" - How to stay safe while helping clean up Wisconsin's roads

Safety requirements

  • A portable "people working" sign provided by WisDOT must mark both ends of your highway segment.
  • Each volunteer must wear a high visibility safety vest while working and must review the safety training video Adopt-A-Highway Safety Tips video.
  • Each group must provide one adult supervisor for every five or six volunteers.
  • All volunteers must be at least 11 years old or in 6th grade for work along two lane highways.
  • Groups do not work in dangerous areas like medians, roundabouts, bridges, or steep slopes.
  • Volunteers are encouraged to wear pants and long sleeved shirts.

Safety alerts

In an effort to continue to keep Adopt-A-Highway volunteers informed, safety alerts will occasionally be issued.

Safety education

Specific information regarding specific safety topics. As a volunteer you should be aware of these safety concerns. For more information, view Adopt-A-Highway Clean up hazards page.

Two volunteers wearing safety vests work along WIS 53.Hazardous materials

Hazardous waste found along our highways can pose potential dangers for Adopt-A-Highway volunteers.

Materials that should never be picked up:

  • Meth lab waste
  • Abandoned barrels
  • Bottles or containers with liquid
  • Dead animals

​Outdoor hazards

​Working on roadsides can present many natural hazards one may not be familiar with.