Adopt-a-Road Program

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Adopt-a-Road Volunteers make a difference!

 Capitol Blvd  Adopted by OBee Credit Union
 Cleveland Ave  Adopted by Tumwater Chiropractic Center
 Crosby Blvd (Irving Street to Barnes Blvd)  Adopted by Breckenridge Apartments
 Crosby Blvd (Barnes Blvd to Sapp Rd) Adopted by Hops on the Hill
 Henderson Blvd (Yelm Hwy to Deschutes River)  
 Henderson Blvd (Deschutes River to 65th Ave  The Valley Golf Academy at TVGC
 Linderson Way   Adopted by South Sound Foursquare Church
 Littlerock Rd (Israel Rd to 81st Ave)  Adopted by Tumwater Kiwanis and Key Clubs
 Littlerock Rd (Trosper Rd to Kingswood Dr)  Adopted by Tumwater Chamber of Commerce
 Mottman Rd (9th Ave to Crosby Blvd)
 RW Johnson Blvd  All Ready Moving & Storage
 Somerset Hill Dr   Adopted by Hope Community Church
 Trosper Rd  Adopted by Mountainboards North West
 Tumwater Blvd (Henderson Blvd to Nikolas Street)  Adopted by Team Kondrat
 Tumwater Blvd (Littlerock Rd to I-5)  Adopted by Rodgers Kee Card & Strophy Attorneys
 Yelm Hwy    
 2nd Ave (Trosper Rd to Linwood Ave)  Adopted by Washington Health Insurance Agency, Inc. 
 2nd Ave (Linwood Ave to Desoto Street)  Adopted by Valerie Lange
 12th Ave  Adopted by Two Birds and Friends
 79th Ave 

 Adopted by Triceratops Brewing Company

 88th Ave 

 Adopted by The Schneider Family

 Tyee Drive (Capital Event Center to Israel Rd)  Adopted by Capital Region ESD 113
 Tyee Drive (Costco to Trosper Rd)  


Road Adoption Agreement

Volunteer groups may adopt a half-mile road section for two years and agree to conduct a clean up activity at least four times annually, once each quarter at a minimum,  and agree to complete an online report summarizing each scheduled clean-up activity including liability waivers and list of hours served. Group leaders are responsible for training all volunteers in safety precautions and program requirements as outlined in the Group Orientation Manual and in accordance with State Department of Transportation Guidelines and Procedures Training Video.  Locations are determined by the Volunteer Coordinator and the City of Tumwater Public Works Department based on the need in the area and the potential for hazardous working conditions for volunadopt-a-road-signteers.  

Safety is the most important aspect when considering roads that we open for adoption. Assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis and continue as long as the adopting group is willing and able to maintain the road or site.  Contracts are renewed year to year unless the City or the adopting group decides to terminate the agreement with notice.

There is no time limit for road adoption as the City appreciates citizens willing to help maintain clean roadways and contribute to a healthy community. However, in the event the road or site is not maintained according to the agreement with the City, the adopting group will be notified with the opportunity to bring the status into compliance within 30 days or it will be re-opened for adoption.

Maintenance Tasks

Volunteer groups help keep Tumwater clean by providing litter removal along community streets, parks, or designated adoption sites. Some groups may  also provide extra services like maintaining flower beds in the public right-of-way or marking and raking storm drains. Some sites may require more extensive maintenance which is defined when the adopting group agrees to accept the task. Groups are encouraged to visit street locations before adopting them to determine the full scope and requirements that will be necessary for maintenance.

Portable Adopt-a-Road Clean up Kits and Supplies for Site  Clean-up

We have two self-contained, road clean-up rolling totes that may be checked out to groups for both road clean-up activities as well as site maintenance.  These rolling kits allow volunteer crew leaders to pick up all necessary materials in a single chest for transport to the clean up site in one easy step.  They include an instructional guide on how to repack the materials for the next group so that everything is available and the process is much easier to manage.  The tote is able to be turned on its side and used for a bench if needed and has a built in handle that retracts automatically when tilted upright.  Each tote contains a plastic tub with orange trash bags, warning light, gloves, two road signs and stands, trash pick-up wands, and approximately 10 orange safety vests. Groups should return totes and complete the online report of participation within 48 hours of the scheduled clean-up.

 Adopt-a-Road Kit InsideAdopt-a-Road Kit Inside  

 *Please note that the totes are large and will require the person designated to pick it up and return it to the City to have a truck, van, wagon, or SUV large enough to hold the chest.  The chest weighs about 50 lbs loaded so it is advisable to have two people able to safely load and unload it from your vehicle. Dimensions are approximately 2'Wx2'Lx3'H. If size and weight are a problem, we can modify a kit or you may remove the heavy stands to make it easier to lift in an out of your vehicle. Groups may also choose to use their own materials or request a supply of bags or other needed items in advance by contacting the Volunteer Coordinator.

It is advisable to reserve a road kit at least a week prior to pick up to confirm availability, especially during summer months. The totes are stored in the right lobby of City Hall and can be picked up during business hours in case no one is in the office.

Commitment to the Program

Groups commit to cleaning the assigned road or site  a minimum of four times each year (once each quarter), for a minimum of two years. It is our desire that groups continue to conduct clean-up activities as long as they have an interest and the capacity to perform clean-ups in accordance with the Adopt-a-Road Agreement.

Compliance Audits

The City's Volunteer Programs Office conducts audits of participation in the Adopt-a-Road Program. Groups that do not report clean-up activities quarterly will receive notification of non-compliance and have 30-days in which to respond, schedule,  and conduct a clean-up, or to bring reporting up to date. Failure to bring a roadway into compliance with the program requirements within 30-days of a notification will result in the group's agreement being terminated and the roadway placed open for re-adoption. Signage remains the property of the City. Adopting groups may also terminate, with written notice, prior to deciding to cease program participation.


Any individual, business, or community organization can get involved! Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age to participate or 15 years of age as long as another adult is designated to supervise the minor during the activity for safety reasons. 


City of Tumwater Volunteer Coordinator at (360) 252-5424 or

Adopt-a-Road Safety Video and Forms

Adopt-a-Highway Safety Video (Select "Safety Video" under the "Safety First" section of the WSDOT website.)
Adopt-a-Road/Site Program Brochure pdf-icon-sm
Volunteer Participant Activity Report

Group Orientation Training Manualpdf-icon-sm

Waiver form

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