Highway Department Recognized Nationally
The Cass County Highway Recycling & Reconstruction Program has been recognized with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents.
NACo recognized the Highway Recycling & Reconstruction Program in the Transportation category. The program was developed to reconstruct county highways with a cheaper, more environmentally friendly method, all while providing a high-quality road for the travelling public. Cass County hosted a seminar in 2016 to showcase 14 different in-place recycling cross sections on their own county roads. Cass County engineers monitored the performances of those sections and chose to implement Cement Treated Subgrade and Full Depth Reclamation to repair Cass County Highway 38. Implementing these techniques on 17 miles of County Highway 38 saved Cass County nearly $500,000 per mile, or almost $8.5 million dollars over the 17-mile project.
“Cass County is excited to be awarded the 2020 NACo Achievement Award. After four years of hard work and collaboration with contractors and other organizations, we are pleased this award showcases the innovation your Cass County Highway Department has developed,” stated Cass County Engineer Jason Benson. “Through this Highway Recycling and Reconstruction Program, Cass County has saved nearly $12.5 million dollars in highway reconstruction costs. It has also reduced the environmental impacts of our road construction by using 180,000 tons of recycled asphalt, reducing the total truck loads of aggregate by 8,000 loads, decreasing the truck haul miles by nearly 500,000 miles, and saving nearly 85,000 gallons of diesel fuel.”
Nationally, awards are given in 18 different categories that reflect the vast, comprehensive services counties provide. The categories include children and youth, criminal justice and public safety, county administration, information technology, health, civic engagement and many more.
Started in 1970, NACo’s annual Achievement Awards program is designed to recognize county government innovations. Each nominee is judged on its own merits and not against other applications received.