Adopt-A-Highway is a Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) program designed to help keep the state's highway roadsides clean and attractive. Participants adopt both sides of a section of state highway roadside to clean up over a two-year period. A minimum two-mile stretch of roadway is recommended. More information can be found on

CAWM has joined the Adopt-A-Highway program for many years and adopted two-miles of highway 96, Exit 28, north/south. It has been one of the CAWM signature community services programs.

The pickup usually happens in spring, summer and fall. The dates are defined by MDOT and posted at in

The 2019 pickup dates:

  • Spring
    April 13 - 21 (most of the Lower Peninsula)
    May 4 - 12 (Northern Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula)
  • Summer
    July 13 -21 (statewide)
  • Fall
    September 21 - 29 (statewide)

We need at least 8 volunteers (12 years or older) to cover each cleanup event. The typical schedule is below:

  • Time: 9:30 am
  • Meet up location: in the parking lot in front of Target.
    3248 Alpine Ave NW
    Grand Rapids, MI 49544
  • Service time: takes about 2 hours.

Lunch is offered right after the event.

Safety rules:

  1. Watch this safety guideline video on YouTube (it is required!!!)
  2. Read the safety rules brochure (also required!!!)
  3. Some highlights excerpted from the safety rules:
    5.1 Do:
    a. Watch the video!
    b. Carry a cell phone;
    c. Stay off the road at least 5 feet from the pavement edge;
    d. Be alert for snakes, insects, and poisonous plants (Wear long sleeved apparels);
    e. It is getting cooler, you might want to put on more clothes.
    5.2 Not do:
    f. Pick up trash on the road surface, bridges, or overpasses;
    g. Remove hazardous substances or dead animals.