Adopt-A-Highway Program Guidelines

Phone: (631) 852-4070
  1. After deciding what section of roadway your group would like to adopt, your group should designate an official representative to take care of contacting the County Department of Public Works and arrange the Adoption. This representative will also be the County’s contact person for the Adopt-A-Highway program during the time your group is involved in the program (groups can be anyone from civic associations, families, businesses, community organizations, youth groups, etc.). Your official representative should first contact the Highway Maintenance Division at (631) 852-4070 to register your group. The Highway Maintenance Division will then send you that "ADOPTION" agreement or you can Download a Copy of the ADOPTION AGREEMENT (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader). This contract is then filled out and mailed back to:

    Suffolk County Department of Public Works

    Highway Maintenance Division

    335 Yaphank Avenue

    Yaphank, NY 11980

  2. The attached SAFETY TRAINING GUIDELINES must be adhered to. Additional copies of these guidelines will be supplied if needed. Also, we will be happy to conduct a safety training program for the participants if requested. The session takes approximately one-half hour and will focus on group safety and procedures. If interested, contact the Highway Maintenance Office (631) 852-4070 to schedule a training session.

  3. Once the Adoption is approved arrangements should be made to go to the Suffolk County Department of Public Works, 335 Yaphank to pick up your equipment. The safety vests and signs are on loan and your group is responsible for the equipment during the time that it is in your possession. This equipment must be returned to the Department of Public Works if or when your Adoption agreement ceases.

  4. After you have returned your contract, your group’s "Adopt-A-Highway" sign will be installed. Your name will appear as you have listed it on your contract. Please allow the Department sufficient time to have the signs made and installed. Signs will be posted at each end of the road section you adopt.

  5. Upon cleaning up your area, please call the Highway Maintenance Division at (631) 852-4070 so that arrangements can be made to have the bagged debris picked up. Be aware that debris piled up on Fridays will probably not be picked up until Monday. After you have cleaned up your area, bagged debris can be piled underneath your Adopt-A-Highway signs to make it easier for the crews to locate. In the absence of a sign, please pile the debris along the road near the curb if possible, in one area, where it will be visible for pick up crews to locate.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Highway/Fleet Maintenance Division at (631) 852-4070.