2015 OPERA Projects
Trail/Road Coating for Snowmobile Crossings
Scott County installed a thermoplastic coating to protect roads and trails at snowmobile crossings, where pavement damage often requires early repairs.
Washington County installed a specialized culvert to allow turtles and other reptiles to safely cross a busy highway. They also installed a fence designed to funnel the turtles into the tunnel. The installation also prevents traffic hazards since drivers no longer stop to help turtles cross the highway.
Asphalt Tailgate Extension
Cottonwood County designed a covered gate for its hot-mix asphalt truck. The gate controls the amount of material being distributed and prevents the mix from losing heat.
Skid Loader Attachment Flatbed for Hook Truck
The City of Golden Valley purchased and fabricated a flatbed hook body that uses the SwapLoader system to transport its skid steer and a variety of attachments. It allows the city to efficiently transition between different assignments throughout the course of a day.
Urban Snow Support Vehicle
The City of Golden Valley fabricated a flatbed hook body that uses the SwapLoader system to transport a variety of equipment and tools for snow and ice control tasks. This allows staff to respond to events more quickly by eliminating the need to return to the shop between tasks to collect different equipment.
Concrete Form Hook Box
The City of Golden Valley purchased and fabricated a concrete form hook box to organize and transport its tools, materials, and equipment. This improved the city's efficiency because all concrete forms and tools are now organized, secured, and available on site.
Ultra-thin Bonded Wearing Course Over Micro-Milling Test Section
McLeod County surfaced a section of CSAH 155 with a 5/8-inch-thick ultra-thin bonded bituminous wearing course in lieu of a traditional seal coat. It provided a significant improvement in ride quality and provides a quiet ride.
Bobcat Asphalt Curb Machine
The City of Wabasha built an asphalt curb machine to help replace deteriorating curbs and reduce man hours.