A roadside cleaning app to connect Crow Wing County residents to help clear ditches along county roads is now available.
It’s meant to bring a sense of pride and ownership to county roads, according to county officials.
The Pick A Mile app brings together residents and local organizations to help clean up roads across the county. The app allows residents to reserve an available stretch of road to clean up as a family, business or organization.
“The Roads Department has always been very proactive in keeping county roads and ditches clean. We know our residents are passionate about their commitment, ”Road Maintenance Supervisor Jory Danielson said in a press release.
The Pick A Mile app allows residents to choose a specific 3 mile section of county roads to clean up, see which roads have already been chosen, and which county roads remain available.
“The Pick A Mile program turns community engagement into cleaner roadsides. It’s also a simple and social way to make sure our roads are clean and to prevent pollution from entering our lakes and rivers, ”said Danielson.
Residents are encouraged to collect litter on both sides of the road at least twice a year for at least two years. Many roadside cleaning weekends are coordinated in April and October.
Volunteers will receive garbage bags, reflective vests and safety training materials. Garbage bags will be picked up free of charge by the road network. The Roads Department will continue to remove bulky, heavy or hazardous materials from county roads.
Residents are encouraged to submit photos of their group’s efforts during the road cleanup. Photos can be shared by email at [email protected]. Prizes will be awarded to those who find and photograph the most unusual object during the cleanup.
The county has over 600 miles of county roads. There are 550 miles of county roads and an additional 63 miles in the First Assessment District and the Second Assessment District.
More information on the Pick A Mile County Roads program and application is available on the County website at crowwing.us/PickAMile. Those with questions about the program should contact the Roads Department at 218-824-1110 or [email protected].