by Aaron Brom
There were a lot of players at stake who helped make the recently new Albertville Interstate 94 Westbound Collector-Distributor Road a reality, and the city wanted to thank each of them.
Thus a recognition luncheon was hosted at city hall.
The project opened just days prior to the Black Friday shopping event, the busiest day of the year at the Outlet Mall.
The city and contractors met the deadline. The new road allows westbound freeway traffic direct access to County Rd. 19 (and the mall), versus snaking through the city on County Rd. 37. A similar eastbound project is being planned, and Albertville City Administrator Adam Nafstad joked that fund-raising is already underway as he distributed a “collections jar.”
“The whole purpose is simply to say thank you,” Nafstad told attendees. “We had such tremendous collaboration and partnerships. You all have worked tireless to make this improvement happen.”
About the second, eastbound phase, Nafstad concluded, “We’re ready. We’re anxious.”