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Intersection reconstruction gets OK

Published (2/18/2010)
By Lee Ann Schutz
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A pilot project using a comprehensive method for taking road projects from design to completion made it to law after a nine-month delay.

Passed as amended by the House last year on the session’s final day, time ran out before the Senate could concur with the changes. It did so Feb. 8. The bill was signed by the governor Feb. 11, and took effect the next day.

Sponsored by Rep. Jim Abeler (R-Anoka) and Sen. Michael Jungbauer (R-East Bethel), the law allows for reconstruction of the Trunk Highway 10 and Anoka County State-Aid Highway 83 intersection in Anoka County using the design-build construction process. The law is similar to previous statutory authorization for Hennepin County.

Under the law, the county must employ at least one architect, mechanical engineer, civil engineer and a full-time project manager with at least five years of construction management experience; adopt implementation procedures to establish an advisory panel; and define standards for a request for proposals, for proposal evaluation and for the award and execution of the design-build project.

HF1074/ SF740*/ CH181

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