What is Highway Adoption?

Essentially, adoption means that you have made the commitment to keep a section of roadway clean for a minimum of three years.  Normally, this involves partaking in two clean-ups per year, one being in the spring and another happening in the fall. After a group completes two clean-ups of their adopted route they can request signage, one sign being located at either end of the adopted route. After the three years are completed, you will have the choice to either renew your adoption or disband your group. You can also end your adoption commitment at any time.

“Adopting” a section of roadway is really quite simple and very rewarding!

How to Adopt

Once your group has made the rewarding decision to adopt a roadway you will need to file an application with our program. We work with Nova Scotia’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) to approve your application as soon as possible. Please follow the steps below to start the adoption process:

  1. Choose an available section of roadway for adoption, you may use our Map to help you with your selection.
  2. Name your cleanup group! This will be displayed on your future signs that will advertise your group.
  3. Choose the appropriate application form for your desired location, available under the Forms section of our website.
  4. Read through all of the Conditions and Suggestions found on the application form.
  5. Submit the completed form to our office by mail, email, or in person! Approval may take up to three or more weeks.

Pictured above – Coastal Action – Lunenburg, NS  May 2019