The American Public Works Association (APWA)-Minnesota Chapter has designated February as Infrastructure Month in Minnesota. All forms of infrastructure are critical to our lives and well-being. The work is important every day, but this designated month is an opportunity for those in the profession to reflect on the importance of their work and for community leaders and citizens of Minnesota to recognize the vital nature and need for well-designed and maintained infrastructure.
The City of Woodbury uses a proactive approach to planning and managing new and aging infrastructure. Since Incorporation in 1967, infrastructure needs have and continue to change from new infrastructure installations to general maintenance and replacement. As the city matures, a growing amount of infrastructure is nearing or exceeding its life expectancy setting the stage for scheduled and additional infrastructure replacement needs in the years ahead. Some currently planned projects include:
- Water main replacement and sewer lining in tandem with road replacement in the Royal Oaks neighborhood (2022) and additional neighborhoods in upcoming years
- Long-term water treatment facility and supporting infrastructure
- Various trunk sewer and water main lining projects
- Continuation of the city’s road rehabilitation program
A few of the tools used for the keeping the local infrastructure in condition to meet the organizations mission critical high impact operations are the Parks Replacement Fund, Water and Sewer Fund, Stormwater Drainage Utility Fund and various Roadway Rehabilitation Projects. While these tools have and continue to be successful in helping the organization achieve its missions, as the scope of the mission changes so too must the responses and actions taken by communities.
APWA’s effort is an attempt to engage, educate, and build relationships to ensure the vast amount of infrastructure including roads, trails, potable water, sanitary sewer, stormwater, parks, facilities, and others in the state are a priority in order to maintain the quality of life for Minnesotans. Public works professionals focus on infrastructure, facilities and services that are of vital importance to sustainable and resilient communities and to the public health, high quality of life and well-being of the people.