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Mailbox Support Policy

Minnesota winters can often mean snow, snow, and more snow. Goodhue County Public Works receives a number of phone calls each winter from residents whose mailboxes have been damaged by the snow and ice that is pushed out by the blades of passing snowplows. Although we apologize for the inconvenience this causes, clearing the full width of the roadway and widening out the shoulders is vital to public safety.

Goodhue County does not replace mailboxes or posts that are damaged by the moving snow.  However, we do sell swing-away style mailboxes to help prevent damage from all of that heavy snow and ice. The swing-away support and post are available for a $110 fee at our Public Works office located at 2140 Pioneer Road in Red Wing.  Our office is open Monday though Friday from 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM, excluding holidays.

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding in our efforts to keep our County highways safe during the winter season.


Adopt a Highway

Adopt-A-Highway is a public service program for volunteers to pick up litter and debris along Minnesota’s roadways. It is a way for citizens to make a personal contribution to a cleaner environment.

What Roads are Available?

Adopt a Highway Map

Blue sections are available and red sections are already adopted. When you zoom in on an area of the map, the length of each section (in miles) is shown in black numbers. The black arrows indicate the starting and stopping points of each section.

Adopt a Highway groups agree to:

Adopt a two mile segment of highway for a minimum of five years.
Pick up litter and debris along this segment twice each year.
Wear safety vests during pick-up and observe all safety rules.
Contact the Goodhue County Public Works Department at (651) 385-3025 to collect the trash bags, providing the group name and the location of the bags.

Goodhue County Public Works agree to:

Erect a highway sign to recognize your group’s cleanup efforts.
Provide high visibility vests, trash bags and safety information.
Remove filled bags from the roadside and remove large, heavy or hazardous items.

Sign Up

If you desire to participate in the Adopt-A-Highway Program, please fill out the application form and return it to Goodhue County Public Works. We will be happy to help you select a segment of county highway to adopt, provide you with safety information and answer any other questions you may have.

Participate Today

  • Litter is unsightly. It destroys the natural beauty of Goodhue County’s roadsides.
  • Litter is expensive. GCPW employees pick up the roadsides that are not adopted by volunteers.
  • Scenic and litter-free roadsides say “welcome” to visitors and make us proud to be citizen’s of Goodhue County!

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