Adopt A Highway

Family and Friends of Officer Joseph Parise performed their first Adopt a Highway clean-up on Osgood Avenue/CSAH 24 in Oak Park Heights. The section of County Road was designated in honor Officer Joseph Parise last September.

  1. Adopt-A-Highway Program
  2. Thanks for Your Efforts!

The Adopt-A-Highway program in Washington County began in 1991. 

This program is an opportunity for residents of Washington County to help keep the county looking clean for all residents and visitors. 

Volunteer groups are designated a specific area of roadway (usually approximately two miles) and are responsible for keeping this area of roadway clean. Groups are asked to clean the area at least two times a year, but are welcome to do it more often than that. The Federal Highway Administration has passed a law which states that anyone working within road right of way must wear "Class 2" fluorescent vests. The Public Works Department provides trash bags and safety vests for each group. 

Combining spring and fall pickups for the year 2014, our maintenance workers from the North and South Shops collected 568 filled bags. Tires, a big TV, box spring and mattresses, and a sofa were included in these pick ups.

Currently, 255 miles are adopted by 120 volunteer groups. There ARE segments of road available to adopt. If you are interested or would like to know which segments are available, contact Carol Hanson at 651-430-4313

There will be a recognition sign installed on all segments of Adopt-A-Highway roads. This sign specifically thanks the group involved for helping to keep roads and ditches clean. 

The Washington County Board of Commissioners and the Washington County Public Works Department gratefully thank the following groups who have participated in and are currently participating in this program:

For additional Adopt-A-Highway information and to arrange a time to pick up your bags/vests, contact Carol Hanson at 651-430-4313.