Hours of Operation
Court House

M-F 8 am-4:30 pm
Closed Holidays
Sheriff's Office
Open 24 hours
West Door

Aitkin County Highway Department
John Welle, County Engineer
1211 Air Park Drive Aitkin, MN 56431
218-927-3741 (Phone) 218-927-2356 (Fax)

The Aitkin County Highway Department is dedicated to maintaining and improving a safe and effective transportation system for its residents and visitors.

The department is responsible for:

  • Recommending changes in technical policies and operating procedures as they relate to the design, construction, maintenance and operation of County Roads, County State-Aid Highways and Bridges.
  • Obtaining right-of-way in accordance to Minnesota state rules and regulations.
  • Performing preliminary and design engineering on over 510 miles of roadway and 111 bridges and culverts.
  • Overseeing the construction of federally, state, and county funded projects.
  • Assist townships and cities with material purchases and maintenance of contracted roadways.
  • Oversight of road usage including:  issuance of permits for utilities within the county's right-of-way, oversize loads, and approach applications.
  • Monitor road conditions for seasonal road restrictions.
  • Provide technical assistance to townships, cities, and other governmental departments.
  • Provide maintenance to roadways, bridges, and ditches throughout the county