Adopt a Road/Highway

I’m pleased to announce that I’m a proud, adoptive mother to a few streets in Virginia!

I see these signs around Virginia a lot and have been curious about the program.


I was initially most interested in the process of adopting a street, which is why I added this onto my bucket list, so here’s how it goes down:

  • If you want to adopt a street in Virginia, email and let them know you’re interested
  • Give them specific streets you’re interested in adopting
  • After you’ve selected your location, which cannot be less than two miles, they send you an application form to fill out
  • Once you fill out the form and send back, they send you a permit (no fees, suprisingly)

The purpose of this program is to clean up litter, duh. With my adoption, I agree to keep my streets clear of litter for a three-year period by performing two pickups a year, I have to complete two pickups before my personalized sign can be made, and I have to let the office know when I plan to clean up litter so that I can pick up my trash bags, safety vests (ha!), and safety signs. After the pickup, I report back on the amount of litter I collected.

I have enlisted the help of my sister, also known as Captain Planet, who becomes rageful at the thought of people littering.

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We went kayaking last year and unlike me, who ignorantly cruised along, she roamed the waterway picking up trash.


I’m really looking forward to making my ‘hood a little cleaner.

Check back for a picture of me in my full litter crew regalia — hopefully alongside my snazzy Great Goal Rush sign.

– Lyssa


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