MnDOT celebrating 30 years of Adopt a Highway

MnDOT’s “Adopt a Highway” program is celebrating 30 years of volunteers picking up litter along state highways.

According to a release, more than 3,800 volunteer groups spent an estimated 272,000 hours cleaning roadway ditches last year, picking up 40,000 bags of trash across the state, which translates to $7 million in realized benefit.

Of the current roster of volunteers, 475 groups have been with the program for all 30 years.

“The Adopt a Highway program is proof that Minnesotans care about their state. Volunteers picking up litter along our roadways also allows our MnDOT crews to focus on other work, like repairing guardrail, mowing and keeping highways safe,” said Ann McLellan, statewide Adopt a Highway manager. “It is a win-win situation for all involved.”

There are 630 segments of highway available for adoption, with most of them being in Greater Minnesota.

For more information about MnDOT’s program, visit

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