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  • Adopt-A-Roadway

    Pima County Department of Transportation's (PCDOT) Adopt-a-Roadway Program (AAR) was established in 1992. The PCDOT program is designed to help beautify Pima County by facilitating trash removal on arterial and collector roadways. Volunteer groups participating in the program save the taxpayers of Pima County approximately $250 per mile cleaned, which translates into thousands of dollars saved. By adopting a roadway, civic and other nonprofit organizations help to generate pride in their community and create economic benefits to all citizens of Pima County.

    Through the Adopt-a-Roadway Program, nonprofit organizations make a two-year commitment to pick up litter at least twice a year along a two-mile stretch of county roadway. The areas of responsibility are marked with two AAR signs bearing the organization's name.


    How to Participate

    Organizations interested in the Adopt-a-Roadway Program may become involved by contacting the AAR Coordinator at the Pima County Department of Transportation at (520) 724-6410 or submit a request online. A packet of materials will be mailed to each interested party. Included in the packet is a list of available roads, a Right-of-Way Use Permit Application, a Special Event Waiver Form, and the program policies and procedures.

    Organization's Responsibilities

    Organizations interested in the Adopt-a-Roadway Program may become involved by contacting the AAR Coordinator at the Pima County Department of Transportation at (520) 724-6410 or submit a request online. A packet of materials will be mailed to each interested party. Included in the packet is a list of available roads, a Right-of-Way Use Permit Application, a Special Event Waiver Form, and the program policies and procedures.

    Pima County Department of Transportation's Responsibilities

    • Approve roadway selection based on traffic volumes, speeds and shoulder widths.
    • Provide safety training and safety rules and regulations to organization's group supervisor for distribution to program participants.
    • Supply safety vests and trash bags for use by volunteer organizations.
    • Remove filled trash bags from roadside and dispose of properly.
    • Erect signs identifying the name of volunteer organization.
    • Pima County reserves the right to approve, disapprove and/or edit names or acronyms on the signs.

     

    Safety Rules/Regulations

    Safety of the volunteers is the number one priority of the Adopt-a-Roadway Program. All volunteers must receive proper safety training prior to arriving at the job site to perform any clean-up activities. The following guidelines are designed to help ensure the safety of each volunteer and must be adhered to at all times.
    • All participants must be at least 14 years of age. For every 10 teenagers participating, there must be one adult supervisor at least 21 years of age.
    • Clean-up activities must be scheduled through the AAR Coordinator and must be performed only in daylight hours and during good weather conditions.
    • Supervisors of both adult and youth groups should be assigned prior to departing for the work site.
    • Participants should assemble away from the designated work site and carpool to reduce the number of cars at the litter pick-up site. Vehicles must be parked at least four feet away from the roadway.
    • Large groups of 15 or more should be divided into two groups, with one group on each side of the roadway. Individuals must remain with the group to which they are assigned.
    • Wear appropriate attire, including boots or hard-soled shoes (no sandals), comfortable clothes, gloves and hats.
    • Safety vests must be worn by all participants at all times during the litter pick-up project.
    • Assure that first-aid kits are available, and it is recommended that at least one person is experienced in administering first aid and CPR and that transportation is available to the nearest medical facility.
    • Work as a group facing oncoming traffic at all times.
    • Assure that water is available and in sufficient quantity to meet your group's needs.
    • Alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited. Anyone under the influence of alcohol or narcotics shall be asked to leave the work site.
    • Do not cross the roadway unnecessarily. Cross only at the designated locations that your supervisor has determined prior to starting work.
    • Do not pick up litter in the medians or on any traveled portion of the roadway.
    • Utility installations, culverts and drainage structures are off limits. Do not remove litter from these areas.
    • Use caution when you encounter the following: cactus, animals, steep slopes, sharp rocks, insects, barbed wire, traffic, and other unusual circumstances.
    • Do not pick up hazardous materials such as car batteries, animal carcasses, discarded chemical containers, or any object that appears questionable. Report these materials to your supervisor.
    • Do not distract motorists with horseplay or abrupt, erratic movements. Horseplay of any kind is strictly forbidden. The roadways are potentially very dangerous.
    • Avoid any roadway construction or maintenance projects. Pima County personnel will clean up these areas.
    • When lifting objects use correct lifting techniques, keeping your back as straight as possible. Keep the object you are trying to lift close to your body and let your legs do the work. Do not attempt to lift heavy objects that two of you cannot reasonably lift.
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