Streetscape gets award

Downtown Albert Lea

ALBERT LEA, Minn. — It was a mess and a bit of an inconvenience when the work was being done, but a southern Minnesota project is paying off.

The infrastructure in downtown Albert Lea needed to be upgraded, so in the process city leaders decided to give it a bit of a facelift too. That facelift is being awarded.

The project is receiving the “Minnesota Department of Transportation and Concrete Paving Association Merit Award for Outstanding Performance.”

“The contractors did a good job on it, BCM Contracting, Komitt and Hoffman were the three concrete people as well as Bolton and Menk worked on it with the city so we had a lot of people working on it,” said Albert Lea City Engineer Steve Jahnke.

City leaders say a little concrete can go a long way.

“You’d like to think that, but it really just says that they did a nice job on the concrete and that group who awarded it thought it really looked nice,” Jahnke said.

It has been rated the best project of its type in Minnesota during 2013. It will now be eligible for the same award on the national level.

Jahnke said they hope to have the Fountain Lake part of the project wrapped up by the end of June.

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