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Frequently Asked Questions


  1. Who can participate in ITD Volunteer Programs?
  2. How do I become a volunteer?
  3. What cannot be done when volunteering?
  4. Are there safety guidelines that need to be followed?
  5. What is Adopt-A-Highway?
  6. How long does my agreement last?
  7. Can I adopt a particular stretch of highway?
  8. How long is the stretch of highway?
  9. How often should litter be picked up?
  10. Who supplies the litter bags and picks up the filled bags?
  11. How do I get bags and vests?
  12. What is Operation Wildflower?
  13. What type of wildflowers are planted?
  14. How can I receive wildflower seeds?
  15. What is Rest Area Safety Break?
  16. What is Volunteer Services?

Who can participate in ITD Volunteer Programs?

Members or employees of civic or non-profit organizations and commercial or private enterprises.   

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How do I become a volunteer?

The volunteer group contact person must submit an Program Application to the Volunteer Services Coordinator.  If you would like additional information please contact the Volunteer Services Coordinator at 208-334-8465 or toll free at 1-800-443-2878.

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What cannot be done when volunteering?

The volunteer groups will not be allowed to dispense organizational, political, or any other type of literature, with the exception of tourist information such as city, county, or state road maps, cafe and hotel accommodations.

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Are there safety guidelines that need to be followed?

Yes, participants are required to follow ITD Safety Tips, Guidelines for litter pickup, and the Traffic Control Plan for Litter Pickup.  

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What is Adopt-A-Highway?

Adopt-A-Highway emphasizes anti-litter education and utilizes volunteer groups to control litter on their adopted section of state highway right-of-way.  

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How long does my agreement last?

Volunteer groups are required to adopt a section for two years.  If you are interested volunteering for a shorter duration please visit our Volunteer Services Page.

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Can I adopt a particular stretch of highway?

Yes, if the stretch of highway is available.  If your desired section is unavailable an alternate section of state highway may be adopted. 

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How long is the stretch of highway?

Volunteer groups are required to adopt a section of roadway that is 2 miles long, when possible.  Shorter sections may be adopted when conditions prohibit adopting 2 miles.

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How often should litter be picked up?

Litter should be picked up a minimum of two times a year, or more frequently as needed.  Volunteer Groups will need to complete a Cleanup Report Card for each pickup and send the card to ITD's Volunteer Services Coordinator.

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Who supplies the litter bags and picks up the filled bags?

ITD will provide safety vests, trashbags, traffic control signs, and safety literature for the use of Volunteer Groups.  To the extent possible, ITD will remove the filled trashbags from the roadsides the first ITD workday following the volunteer group's pickup.

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How do I get bags and vests?

The Volunteer Group can obtain required supplies and materials from ITD during regular business hours.  Supplies may be obtained by the Volunteer Group by completing a Adopt-A-Highway Equipment Request Form.

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What is Operation Wildflower?

Through the Operation Wildflower Program, Adopt-A-Highway volunteer groups have the opportunity to participate in ITD-approved wildflower planting on their adopted sections.

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What type of wildflowers may be planted?

Only ITD furnished seed will be allowed for planting.

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How can I receive wildflower seeds?

Wildflower seeds can be obtained from your district volunteer coordinator.

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What is Rest Area Safety Break?

The Rest Area Activities Program allows nonprofit groups to dispense free refreshments to the motoring public for the purpose of providing a period of relaxation and improving highway safety. 

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What is Volunteer Services?

Through the Volunteer Services Program, volunteer groups or individuals have the opportunity to participate in ITD-approved activities that are not associated with the Adopt-A-highway Program or Operation Wildflower.  Some of the activates include litter pickup, wildflower planting and maintenance, graffiti removal, landscape planting and maintenance, state highway right-of-way beatification, and yard/building maintenance.

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