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Comprised of design, survey and construction inspection personnel, the people that make up this division are highly trained, skilled and have necessary certifications to carry out these duties. They must go through training refresher courses every 5 years to maintain their certifications in the various aspects of design, survey and construction.

Jordan Wagner heads the 2-person survey crew. Jordan Wagner, and Alex Bresina use electronic survey equipment to gather information on the existing conditions, layout and topography of a construction corridor. The survey crew performs the construction surveys and staking on projects which provides the contractors with the necessary alignments, layouts and elevations to construct the roadway or bridge according to the plans and specifications.

Greg Thompson leads the computer aided drafting & design (CADD) team as Principle Designer. He works closely with Jack Jacobson, Assistant Designer, to get survey information into computer software programs for highway design. They work within guidelines and design standards established by the County Engineer and the Minnesota Department of Transportation. A proposed horizontal and vertical alignment or layout is overlaid on the existing conditions. This basic design can then be tweaked and modified to minimize impacts to the environment and properties along the construction corridor, yet meet current design and safety standards.

Ron Stigers is the Senior Highway Technician and is the Department's representative on construction projects. His experience and knowledge in the areas of soils and road construction operations and methods ensure that contractors are complying with the plans, specifications and provisions of the contract.

Dave Banta, Permits Agent, gathers background information needed to complete the applications for the various regulatory permits needed for construction and maintenance operations carried out by the Department. They also prepare the documents needed for right-of-way acquisition on construction project corridors and works with property owners throughout the acquisition process.

Staff members in the Engineering Division are MN/DOT Certified Technicians in the areas of grading, base, aggregates, bituminous and concrete materials testing and inspection as well as erosion and sediment control and take roles as Project Representatives on grading, bridge or bituminous projects.

 

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