Adopt-A-Highway Program

The Illinois Adopt-A-Highway (AAH) program began at IDOT in 1995, and today nearly 1,700 volunteer groups have adopted about 3,400 miles of highway. Each year these groups collect an average of 32,000 bags of trash from state highways. Even with this tremendous effort and the savings generated, Illinois still must spend more than $12.5 million each year to pick up roadside trash. Illinois has the third largest road system in the nation with more than 139,000 miles of state, county, municipal and township roads. The state highway system is made up of about 16,000 center-line miles.

Joint Utility Locating Information for Excavators (JULIE)

By simply calling 811, or using E-request to enter your own locate request, you take the first step in the safe digging process. JULIE, Inc. will notify its member utility companies who will send a locator to mark their underground facilities using paint and/or flags.

Once marked, you will know the approximate location of your utility lines and can dig safely. The call to JULIE and the service are free.