Become a highway (or roadway) helper

Cleaning up county roadways is easy

The author is editor at the Gold City Gazette online newspaper.

Most Butte County residents are familiar with the Adopt-a-Highway program. However, the program is not just for highways. Many organizations and individuals volunteer to “adopt” roads throughout Oroville and other areas of Butte County.

Several years ago, businesses and nonprofit organizations began participating in the program. Families and residents in various neighborhoods soon started following suit, sponsoring various portions of local roads. Some volunteers honor loved ones through the program, such as in the case of one sign that reads “For Gina” on Grand Avenue.

Neighbors near Las Plumas High School decided to adopt a portion of Las Plumas Avenue. They call themselves Debby’s Doers. I have spent some time cleaning up the stretch of Oro Bangor Highway between Las Plumas Avenue and Burlington Road.

People Invoking Empowerment Change Employment and Success (P.I.E.C.E.S.) also participates in the program. In fact, the organization recently adopted a third section of roadway. Members of the group care for the area of Oro Bangor Highway between Burlington Road and Myers Street, Spencer Avenue from Oro Bangor Highway to Wyandotte Avenue, and Wyandotte Avenue from Lower Wyandotte to Myers Street.

Some of the volunteers have been banding together to make their efforts count. For example, I recently assisted Debby’s Doers with a portion of their area. P.I.E.C.E.S. is helping out the Gold City Gazette with its area. Thomas Craig of P.I.E.C.E.S. has begun efforts to expand awareness and support of the program. He stated, “We saw a need and developed a plan. People just need to make the time to really make a difference.”

Anyone can participate in the Adopt-a-Highway program. Residents can volunteer to help a group for a day or officially adopt a portion of a road. Even those who are not able to set aside blocks of time to volunteer can help. Here are some of the ways:

• Avoid throwing garbage on the ground when walking or driving down the road.

• When putting garbage bins out for collection, pick up and throw away a few pieces of trash that may be lying nearby on the ground.

• Report anyone “dumping” trash in a public area. Note descriptions of people, vehicles, license plates, etc.

For more information on how to help, contact me at 403-7384. You can also contact Thomas Craig at or Scott Johnson at 538-2401.