Roost #4 voted to adopt a stretch of highway at their July 23,
2007 meeting. The section of highway we are now responsible for is
Frederick Road between Oella
Ave. near the horse farm to The Trolley Stop at the river (1.3 miles).
Pictures from Past Roost #4 Adopt-a-Highway Efforts
Here's some info on what our commitment to
Ravens Roost #4 agrees to pick-up the highway at least 4
times a year. Our contact at SHA states she cleans her highway 4 times a year
and it takes 4 people a little over an hour.
The Group Leader (most likely Denise) is responsible for
the group's safety training, scheduling pick-up days and completing litter
pick-up info with names of those involved, bags of litter collected, hours
spent, etc. and forwarding said info to the SHA contact. In addition she
ensures that each participant reviews and signs an agreement and views a
safety video (provided).
SHA provides safety hats, vests, a permanent sign at
each end of the mile, trash bags, and orange 'Litter Pick-Up' signs for
Groups must hold twice yearly safety reviews (should be
No one can participate unless they have attended one
such meeting in any given year and has completed an agreement ("I agree…..
Along with name, address, and contact information).
We schedule pick-up days in advance to aid the State
Highway crews which follow later to pick up the bags.
And then common sense stuff like, daylight hours only,
good weather, facing traffic, first-aid kit, etc.
The packet is not available online. When I get time I
will scan in the sheets and make them available.
Here's some background information on the
State of Maryland Adopt-a-Highway Program:
Is Adopt-A-Highway ?
Adopt-A-Highway program allows volunteer
groups to pick-up litter along non-interstate roadways as a community service.
family, business, school or civic organization can adopt a state maintained
your local State Highway office for a list of adoptable roads, complete an
agreement, safety training, pick-up your supplies and you are ready to go !
is the Responsibility of the Adopting Group?
adopting group, you agree to pick-up litter from your section of roadway (1-3
miles) at least four times a year for a two year period.
is the Responsibility of SHA?
supply the group with:
Orange safety vests
- Trash bags
- Two adopt-a-highway metal signs with group name
- Two SWAT (Stop Waste and Trash) roll-up caution signs
- Safety literature and video
- Park all vehicles clear of the
- Wear a safety vest at all times.
- Walk on the shoulder, facing oncoming traffic at all times.
- Provide supervision for all youths.
- Work during non-peak travel times.
- Stay clear of construction sites.
- Do not remove any hazardous substances.
- Wear light colored clothing and long sleeves.
- Wear heavy gloves.
- Wear sturdy soled footwear.
- Avoid overexertion.
- Do not walk in lanes of traffic.
In Case of Emergency
- Have a
well stocked First Aid Kit accessible.
- Have adequate transportation available.
- Know the location of the nearest hospital/emergency treatment center.