Ada County Highway District

Weed Removal Partnering with the Ada County Sheriff's Office (ACSO)

In April of 1998, the ACHD and ACSO started the Labor Detail (LD) program to cleanup Ada County and reduce the amount of weeds along the roadway. Each year more than 70 miles of roadway and shoulders are cleared, over 1,000 alley blocks are cleaned, and over 1,500 cubic yards of weeds and debris are hauled to the landfill. ACHD’s Labor Detail program is supported by four ACHD crew leaders. Each is equipped with a van and trailer, a range of hand tools and one truck with a compactor trailer is used to collect and transport the debris to the landfill.

By using offender labor, Ada County taxpayers are saving approximately $365,000 per year in wages. The program allows offenders to give back to the community, and ninety percent of all the weeds, tree limbs and wood (organic debris) removed by the inmates are taken to the landfill recycling center to be used for livestock bedding. Both ACHD and the ACSO are pleased about the longstanding success of this program.

More About the Program

Crew Leader's create coordinated work plans that involve weed removal, alley cleaning, cleaning of arterial sidewalks, drainage ponds, islands, work on miscellaneous right-of-way, and graffiti removal. LD crews are tasked with duties within the designated zones. They are also utilitzed by ACHD for other tasks including:

  • Snow and sand removal from sidewalks
  • Weed removal ahead of the crack sealing process
  • Chip removal from sidewalks during the chip seal season
  • Special projects and events
  • Respond to other hazards and safety concerns in the right-of-way
  • Pick up of Adopt-a-Highway bags and debris

For additonal information:


ACHD Main Line: 208-387-6100
Adams Division 208-387-6325
Cloverdale Division 208-387-6350
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