Olmsted County Adopt-A-Highway Program’s Volunteers help keep County Roads clean and create a cleaner environment.

Community groups, churches, individuals or businesses adopt a highway by picking up litter on both sides of a road at least two times per year for at least two years. Each section is approximately 2 miles (3 kilometers) long.

Gather your information 

  • Choose someone to represent your group. (This is the person that will sign the agreement on behalf of the group. This person must be at least 18 years old.)
  • An email address we can use to send you the Permit.
  • The section of road you are interested in adopting.
  • The name (of your group) that you want to appear on the Adopt-A-Highway sign.

Download Terms & Conditions 

Download the Adopt-A-Highway Terms and Conditions. Make sure everyone in your group understands them.

Call us 

Call us and find out if the area you want is available. If it isn't then we'll suggest alternative areas.

Sign the permit 

After we've confirmed the road you want to adopt, we'll email you a Permit with the information that you have given us already filled in. (We use the DocuSign service. Instructions for opening and signing this document is included in the email.)

Review the permit for accuracy. If you need any changes made, contact us.

If everything in the document is correct, then electronically sign it and click Finish. It will automatically be emailed to the Public Works Director/County Engineer for signature.

After it's signed by the Public Works Director/County Engineer, we'll send you a copy for your records.

We'll then have our Sign Department make an Adopt-A-Highway sign and place it on either end of the section you have adopted.

If you need vests & bags 

At least 24 hours before your scheduled clean up day, email us and request safety vests and trash bags. We will need to know:

  • How many vests
  • Vest sizes (medium/large, X-large, 2X, or 3X)

Pick up the items at:

Public Works Service Center
1188 50th Street SE
Rochester, MN 55904

Items will be packaged with your group’s name and placed in entry way of Public Works Service Center for pick up between hours of 8 AM to 4 PM. A maximum of two weeks is allowed for pick up. After that you will need to call and reschedule.

After clean up day 

Call us or email us and let us know you've finished the clean up.

We will log your accomplishment and send out staff to pick up the garbage bags.

You may keep the vests and bags until you decide to give up the section. When you give up the section, please return the vests and any unused bags to Olmsted County Public Works.

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