September’s featured project on your WSN calendar: Goodhue County Road 11 Roundabout

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Goodhue County Rd 11 Roundabout

The Pine Island Roundabout is a continuation of MnDOT’s Highway 52 east frontage road project. Discussion of the convergence of the frontage road, Highway 52 ramps, and Goodhue County Road 11 led to the conclusion that a roundabout was the safest design alternative. The roundabout maintains the existing street connections, which was important to the City of Pine Island, Goodhue County, and MnDOT.

The 2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grants application period is right around the corner. Start planning your application now.

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Deerwood AFG - Deerwood, MN_PW (1)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) 2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) application period is quickly approaching. Before you know it the kids will be back in school and you’ll have a pile of leaves in your yard. Start preparing for your application now to ensure it’s accurate, complete, and will be submitted on time. This year more than $300 million in grants is available nationwide. Here is what you need to know about the AFG program. Continue reading “The 2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grants application period is right around the corner. Start planning your application now.”

THE DIRT PILE SERIES: Tying into the grid. Episode 5 — Public Infrastructure

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The 40-acre site of the new Mills Fleet Farm store in Hermantown, MN, has changed dramatically over the past 12 months. The large hill has been reshaped, multiple buildings erected, roads constructed and modified, utilities installed, and a new traffic signal added.

The new store is situated between Westberg Road and Loberg Avenue in the heart of the Hermantown Marketplace. The development of this site presented an ideal opportunity for the City of Hermantown to connect Westberg to Loberg by constructing Market Street, which borders the north end of the project. Continue reading “THE DIRT PILE SERIES: Tying into the grid. Episode 5 — Public Infrastructure”

Missing Link Pilot Project provides full-scale mockup to test street design

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It’s always a good idea to test something before you buy it. Test driving a car is a no-brainer. Putting a few miles on a new pair of running shoes before race day is also a good idea. What if it were possible to test the design of an entire infrastructure project before it was constructed? That’s exactly what’s happening in Alexandria, MN, right now. Continue reading “Missing Link Pilot Project provides full-scale mockup to test street design”

Widseth Smith Nolting welcomes Strong to environmental department

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Staff News - Paul Strong

Widseth Smith Nolting recently welcomed Paul Strong to its Brainerd environmental team. He has a bachelor of science in natural resources and environmental sciences from the University of Illinois and a master of science in environmental engineering from the University of California. Continue reading “Widseth Smith Nolting welcomes Strong to environmental department”

Widseth Smith Nolting’s Palcich earns LS license

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Staff News - Tony Palcich

Widseth Smith Nolting’s Tony Palcich has passed the exams and met the education and experience requirements necessary to become a registered professional land surveyor in Minnesota. Licensure is granted by the Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience, and Interior Design. Continue reading “Widseth Smith Nolting’s Palcich earns LS license”

It’s budget season; careful planning leads to smart investments. WSN can help!

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WSN can help you plan for future municipal projects, such as trails and roads.
WSN can help you plan for future municipal projects, such as trails and roads.

Should we set aside money for the new water tower that has been discussed for five years or the roads that are in dire need of repair? Or, should we finally tackle the fire hall that has needed to be replaced for the last 10 years? It’s budget season, and with that comes decisions about which municipal projects make the cut for next year. Most cities have a budgeting process in place and know where their priorities are. But, with budget deadlines quickly approaching, we all know now is the time to get serious about which projects are in and which projects are out. Continue reading “It’s budget season; careful planning leads to smart investments. WSN can help!”

Thompson School Addition Concept Animation

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Video animations are an excellent way for school districts to communicate design intent to staff, students, and the community. Watch WSN’s concept unfold for this rural North Dakota school district’s proposed addition project. In just two-and-a-half-minutes, viewers are treated to a unique experience as they learn about the project.