Adopt-a-Highway Program Rules

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Comment By: 
Friday, October 19, 2012
Download Copy of Proposed Rule (.pdf): 





Pursuant to §§ 1043 and 2903 (b) of the New York City Charter, the Commissioner of Transportation is authorized to promulgate rules regarding maintenance of public roads, streets, highways, parkways, bridges and tunnels.


The City currently operates the Adopt-a-Highway Program, which offers civic-minded individuals, groups, and companies an opportunity to enhance New York City's highways by “adopting” segments of the highways and adjacent areas. Through this program, volunteers and sponsors provide certain maintenance services along the City's highways. Signs placed at the beginning of the “adopted” areas acknowledge the volunteers and sponsors. These maintenance services and beautification projects along designated highway routes help maintain the quality of life for local residents and businesses.


The purpose of the proposed rule is to provide guidelines for the continuation of the Adopt-a- Highway Program. Specifically, the rule:

(1) describes how the Department administers and coordinates the provision of maintenance services by volunteers and sponsors in order to reduce litter and graffiti, and to provide necessary tree trimming, sweeping, mowing, planting of flowers or trees, and other landscape maintenance along designated highway routes within the City;

(2) delineates the application and permitting process for individuals to adopt segments of the highway;

(3) details the signs installed to identify those volunteers or sponsors performing such activities on particular segments of the City’s highways;

(4) describes the general requirements for participants in the Adopt-a-Highway Program, including qualifications, agreements, permits, levels of service of adopted segments, insurance and indemnification requirements, safety, and signage.



Public Hearing

Opportunity to comment on proposed Department of Transportation rules relating to the Adopt-a-Highway program.

Public Hearing Date: 
Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 1:00pm

Yajaira Ferreira
Director, Adopt-a-Highway
141-22 Brookville Boulevard
Rosedale, NY 11422
T: 718.712.7563

Department of Transportation (DOT)
55 Water Street BID Room, Room A
New York, NY 10041