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Adopt A Road


Montgomery County's Adopt A Road (AAR) program encourages residents and businesses in the County to participate in a community activity by keeping our roadsides litter free. Currently there are more than 2,500 volunteers who have adopted over 450 road segments and cleaning over 1100 miles of road in an effort to Keep Montgomery County Beautiful.  You can be a part of this program too! 

Your participation will help reduce trash and litter along County roads and maintain a clean and attractive environment.  Ultimately it helps protect the Chesapeake Bay.  Litter that is washed into storm drains, travels to nearby creeks, streams, major rivers, and eventually can reach the Bay.

With the amount of trash littered on the roadside every day, and budget constraints within the County resutling in less mowing and road cleaning, your involvement has becoming increasingly important. AAR allows residents to demonstrate community pride, make a positive statement for a clean and attractive community, and have a better understanding of stormwater pollution. Help make Montgomery County a “Greener” place to live!


AAR Program Application
Last Updated 8/4/2013
List of Available Roads to Adopt
Sorted by City/Zip Code
Current AAR Participants 
Sorted by Adopted Road
Brochure Cover to Adopt a Road Program Guide  List of Available Roads  List of Available Roads
Includes program description,
guideliens and safety procedures.
This list is also sorted by the
last updated on 12/1/2015
Last Updated 4/9/15


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Click below to see a video describing one volunteer group's experience on a typical
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People cleaning up
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arrow pointer PROGRAM OVERVIEW

This program requires a volunteer group or individual to pick up litter and recyclables along both sides of an adopted road segment (right-of-way). This program creates a partnership of citizens and local government to promote civic pride and preserve our clean environment by eliminating roadside litter.   Help improve the appearance of Montgomery County and decrease the amount of debris/trash that washes into the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries!

AAR members are required to perform clean-up efforts at their adopted road as needed, with a minimum of six major cleanings per year (the equivalent of ever other month) and to report these cleanings to our office. Cleanings are scheduled by each individual group at their convenience. For more information view the program application above. There is no time limit to how long a volunteer can adopt a road and can retire at anytime by notifying our office.

arrow pointer BENEFITS

The Program promotes civic pride, environmental responsibility, preserves habitats, and improves motorist safety and save money!  Road Operations crews spend lots of dollars and many hours cleaning roadside litter and illegal dump sites each year. Without AAR volunteers these numbers would be significantly higher.  In addition, it supports the Alice Ferguson Foundation regional anti-litter campaign - Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative.

In recognition for this work two (2) signs will be fabricated (at no cost to the volunteer) w/the volunteers name, and installed at each end of the adopted segment. See photo below of an AAR sign and a Rustic Road sign. 

We provide safety equipment and litter pick up (if 4 or more bags of trash are collected).  Equipment consists of vests, heavy duty gloves, trash bags and pik sticks to assist you in your volunteer work.


Eligible adopters include civic and non-profit organizations, school and scout groups, commercial and private enterprises, families, and individuals.


Once an application is submitted, the approval process will take up to 2 weeks. A letter will be mailed regarding its approval or denial.  If you do not receive a confirmation of receipt after you submit your application please email the Community Outreach Office.


This is a printable letter size document. 
If you have additional questions that are not listed, please email



AAR Sign  Adopt a Rustic Road

arrow pointer WHAT IS A RUSTIC ROAD?

Rustic roads have been classified as either Rural or Rural Rustic Roads by legislation. These roads are narrow, low volume roads intended primarily for local, agricultural use, as designated by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC). This classification restricts the type of maintenance that can be performed on these roads so that the rural character can be maintained. Cick Here for a complete list of Rustic Roads. Click Here to see a list of Rustic Roads in Montgomery County.


Fill out the application and either mail, email or fax it to the Community Outreach office.  
To request an application by mail or for more information, please contact the Community Outreach office at:

Montgomery County Government, Deparment of Transportation (MCDOT)
Community Outreach Office
Adopt A Road Program
101 Monroe Street, 10th Floor
Rockville, Maryland 20850

Phone: 240-777-7155 Fax: 240-777-7178 Email:


If you have other questions or concerns email or call our hotline at 240-777-7155 (make sure to speak clearly when leaving a message).

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 Director's Office · Montgomery County Department of Transportation
101 Monroe Street, 10th Floor · Rockville, Maryland 20850 ·
· telephone: 240-777-7170 · fax: 240-777-7178 ·