Five outstanding programs from counties across Minnesota, including one from Anoka County, were recognized with an Association of Minnesota Counties’ (AMC) 2012 Outstanding Service Award for exhibiting excellence and innovation in their counties.
The 2012 AMC President Randy Maluchnik, a Carver County commissioner, presented the awards at the association’s annual conference Dec. 3 in St. Cloud.
The recipients were nominated by their counties and selected by a committee of county officials, chaired by 2012 AMC Second Vice President Toni Carter, a Ramsey County commissioner.
Anoka County won its award for the Main Street/125th Avenue N.E. (CSAH 14) design build project in Coon Rapids and Blaine.
The county reconstructed a 3.1-mile section of CSAH 14 from a two-lane, rural roadway into a four-lane, urban, divided highway, complete with a new highway overpass at the Burlington-Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railroad crossing.
Besides being the largest single county highway construction project in its history at just over $42 million, this project has the distinction of being the first locally-let highway construction project in Minnesota and one of the very first nationally to use the design-build, best-value method of procurement, according to the AMC press release announcing the awards.
The project began in the fall of 2011 and involved most of this segment of Main Street being closed to traffic for long periods of time.
It was completed and Main Street was back open to traffic in early August.