Every winter, Washington County Public Works get a number of calls from residents whose mailboxes have been damaged by the heavy snow and ice that is forced out by the blade of passing snowplows. Although we are sorry for the inconvenience this damage causes, clearing the entire roadway is essential for public safety. This often means two lanes worth of heavy snow will hit mailboxes as the plow trucks go by.
There is no escape from the hardships of a Minnesota winter - including the toll it takes on mailboxes and posts. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding in our efforts to keep our County Roads clear. Washington County does not replace mailboxes or posts damaged by the force of moving snow.
When a mailbox owner decides to replace their mailbox and post, Washington County recommends a swing-away type, (standard plate specs shown in link below) which is designed to minimize the risk of damage from plowed snow.
If you would like to purchase a swing-away type mailbox from Washington County, fill out the request form below and submit form and payment to Washington County Public Works. Please note, County installation is only available when the mailbox is located on a County Road or County State Aid Highway within Washington County.
For more information, please email or call 651-430-4300.