Adopt-A-Road

The Adopt-A-Road Program forms partnerships between volunteer groups and Snohomish County public works to keep roadsides free of litter and promote community pride.

To recognize this important volunteer work, public works installs Adopt-A-Road recognition signs at the ends of adopted road sections that list the group’s name.

Organizing Your Group
  • Groups can be individuals, families, civic organizations, service clubs, churches, businesses, or other organizations. Exceptions: Groups that endorse or oppose a particular candidate for public office; advocate a position on a specific political issue, initiative, referendum, or piece of legislation; or includes a reference to a political party will not be included.
  • Participants must be at least 15 years old and include one adult for every 8 minors.
  • Designate a leader who is at least 18 years old. Group leaders organize volunteers, fill out and submit required paperwork, run safe clean up events, and act as a group contact for the county.
Apply to Adopt-A-Road
Only roads in unincorporated Snohomish County, judged safe for roadside work, can be adopted.
  • Choose a preapproved, adoptable county road (see sidebar)  or ask about a specific road, subject to safety review. Roads must have a minimum of 6-foot-wide shoulders and have curb, gutter, and sidewalks in urban areas.
  • Submit an application (see sidebar). 
  • Agree to clean up your section twice a year for two years.
Federal and state highways, city streets, and private roads are not eligible under Snohomish County's program. Check with individual cities and Washington State Department of Transportation Adopt-A-Highway for other programs.

Attend Safety Training
Safety is the highest priority of the program. When the road is approved, and the adoption agreement is signed, the group leader is required to attend a county-run safety training.
The county also provides a Safety / Clean Up Kit and removes filled bags after the clean up.

Get Ready for Your First Clean Up
  • Schedule your preferred date with the Adopt-A-Road Coordinator.
  • How many volunteers are you expecting? The coordinator will reserve your equipment.
  • Prior to or on the day of the clean up, fill out forms (see sidebar).
  • All adults must fill out a Volunteer participation form (one time only) (see sidebar).
  • All minors must submit a signed Parent / Guardian Informed Consent Form (one time only) (see sidebar).
  • Keep copies for your files; send the originals to the Adopt-A-Road coordinator. Return forms to:
    Adopt-A-Road Coordinator
    Snohomish County Public Works
    TES / Communications
    3000 Rockefeller Ave, M/S 607
    Everett, WA 98201
  • Pick up equipment from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at:
     Cathcart Operations Facility
    Administration Building A
    2nd floor Reception Desk
    8915 Cathcart Way
    Snohomish, WA 98296
Complete Your Clean up
  • Return the safety equipment back to Cathcart Facility.
  • Submit a Participant Roster (see sidebar) after each cleanup. Print the form, write in information, and mail / fax it to us or use the online form. Type in your information and submit the form electronically.
  • Recognition signs are installed after the first cleanup.
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