- Beth Petrowske
MnDOT District 1
1123 Mesaba Ave
Duluth, MN 55811
Hwy 169/Pokegama Avenue reconstruction project wins multiple awards
DULUTH, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation, District 1 received three awards from the Minnesota Asphalt Pavement Association for the reconstruction of Highway 169 in Grand Rapids.
The project received a Work Zone Safety award in the “Static High Volume” category, an ADA Accessibility award (the first accessibility award ever presented) and an Asphalt Paving award in the “Reconstruction, Low Volume Traffic” category.
“This is a project that we can all be proud of,” said Mike Tardy, MnDOT District 1 Program Delivery engineer. “MnDOT had a great team working together on this project including; the city of Grand Rapids, SEH, Inc., local contractors including the prime contractor Hammerlund Construction, Inc., Hawkinson Construction Co. Inc., Itasca Utilities, Keller Fence Company and Deer River Trucking Co., Inc. We want to thank everyone, including the citizens of Grand Rapids and local businesses for their patience and support of this project.”
The project included the complete reconstruction of Highway 169 from First Street to 10th Street S and an overlay extending to 3rd Street N and to 13th Street S and a new center turn-lane to separate through-traffic from turning traffic. This safety improvement will reduce rear-end collisions and improve traffic flow. The project also included pedestrian accessibility and safety improvements including:
- A new traffic signal at 4th Street S
- Updated visual, audible and tactile pedestrian traffic signals
- Pedestrian ramps and landings
- Detectable warning surfaces (truncated domes at the pedestrian ramps)
- Accessible pedestrian signals with push-button stations
- Marked pedestrian crossings
- New sidewalks on both sides of Highway 169
According to the Minnesota Asphalt Pavement Association, projects are judged on teamwork and dedication to improving Minnesota’s infrastructure in a safe, efficient and economical manner.
For more information about the Highway 169/Pokegama reconstruction project http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d1/projects/Hwy169poke/index.html
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