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Eh? Haines Road wins international kudos

It’s turning out to be quite a banner year for Duluth when it comes to being named to various “best of” lists, from best outdoor lifestyle city to top coastal college town. Now you can add one of our area roads to the list of lists.

The rebuilding of Haines Road after the 2012 flood, which had already garnered project of the year honors from the Minnesota County Engineers Association, has now earned international recognition after having been chosen by the American Public Works Association as its Disaster or Emergency Construction Repair Project of the Year.

The $12 million project topped other public works projects throughout North America, based on criteria such as safety, environmental protection and overcoming adverse conditions.

St. Louis County public works resident engineer Steve Krasaway, who served as lead engineer, received the award on behalf of the county and other stakeholders in the project last week at the APWA annual conference. Haines Road, officially known as County State Aid Highway 91, had already been slated for repairs when the flood hit, causing extensive damage to a key roadway traveled by 7,000 vehicles every day. It is the largest single road construction project ever for the county public works department. Initially expected to take two years to complete, it was finished in a single construction season.