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Emmet County Road Commission is concerned about the environment and desires to maintain the natural beauty of its roadways. With help from members of our community, the roadways of Emmet County can be kept free of litter and debris. Following is the application procedure and qualities the Road Commission has implemented in the Adopt-A-Road program.



  • Check our map for available locations, or call to find out if there is an area that might need attention

  • Fill out the Adopt-A-Road application form

  • Send the notarized original to the Road Commission

  • Keep one copy for your records

About the PROGRAM 

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Roads – Most primary and paved secondary roads in the County.  While most participants prefer to adopt roads that they live on or travel frequently, however, there are hundreds of miles of roads that are not yet adopted.  Check the map, email email ECRC, or call to inquire about available roads.

Participation – Any group of two or more individuals can participate. Group participants must have a minimum of one adult for every three persons under the age of 16.

Sign-up/Permit – New permit applications are accepted any time during the year and are valid for 48 months, new permit applications must be notarized.  Permit renewals (also valid for 2 yrs) do not need to be notarized.  The permit helps track which roads have been adopted.

Permit Renewal – Renewed permits are accepted January 1st through March 31st and must be submitted to the Road Commission.  Permit renewals do not need to be need to notarized.

Cost – There is no cost to participate in the program.  The Road Commission will will furnish and install your groups initial set of customized signs (typically one at each end of your route) however these signs are optional.

Trash Bags/Safety Vests – Trash bags are available to pick up year round at the ECRC main office located at 2265 E. Hathaway Road, Harbor Springs.  It is always helpful to call ahead to let us know you will are stopping in and which group you are with.

Clean-up Frequency – Twice a year with a month long window, in the Spring and in the Fall.  Although it is preferred that the major clean-ups are done during these designated time-frames some participants clean up roadside trash throughout the year.  As always, please be mindful of your surroundings and safety any time you are picking up trash.


We love getting pictures of our AAR participants!  If you have photos of your group at work and would like them to appear on our Website/Facebook page, please send them in by e-mail.

More information about the Emmet County Road Commission Adopt-A-Road Program is available by contacting Michelle Main.

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