Adopt-A-Highway

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Employees from the Minnesota Correctional Facility - Oak Park Heights cleaned the ditches on Osgood Avenue on September 24, 2020 in honor of Joseph Parise, who died in the line of duty September 24, 2018.


  1. Thanks for Your Efforts!

CuThe 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. If you see a segment available, and are interested or would like to know more about Adopt-A-Highway, contact Jennifer Oehler at 651-430-4313 or email.

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 Jennifer Oehler at 651-430-4313 or email.