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Posted on: September 8, 2021

American Public Works Association recognizes Arapahoe County with two awards


Arapahoe County Public Works and Development (PWD) recently received two awards from the American Public Works Association (APWA) Colorado Chapter.

APWA is the not-for-profit national public works organization that supports public works employees, departments and projects throughout the country through education, advocacy and member engagement. This year, the group named Judy Ligrani, a 22-year Arapahoe County veteran, its Professional Manager of the Year – Administrative Management. Ligrani was recognized for her work as the department’s APWA accreditation coordinator and for many other tasks she performs as a business associate for the department.

The group also recognized the recently completed Partial Continuous Flow Intersection (PCFI) at Quincy Avenue and Gun Club Road in APWA’s At-Large Transportation Category. The $12 million project was unveiled to the public this past June and is being managed by a Transportation division team led by Engineer Jon Williams.

“These winners are well deserving and are great examples of the values we strive to achieve within the department,” said Bryan Weimer, PWD director. “I am proud and happy that they have been recognized by their peers.” 

Ligrani said she was excited to hear about the achievement but was quick to point out her colleagues have been very instrumental in here work. “I am grateful for this award and grateful to the outstanding people who all contribute to the success of Arapahoe County Public Works and Development,” Ligrani said. 

In 2018, Arapahoe County PWD became the 137th agency in North America and the first county in Colorado to earn accreditation through APWA. Less than one percent of the nation’s public works agencies have earned this distinction. PWD is currently completing its annual APWA reaccreditation process, and Ligrani has been key in ensuring the department is meeting its stringent guidelines and requirements. 

PWD Support Services Manager Rebecca Doane praised Ligrani for her work with reaccreditation. “I would be lost without her,” Doane said. “Her organizational skills have made an immense impact on our reaccreditation work and brought a high level of professionalism to the process.”

The PCFI design at Quincy Avenue and Gun Club Road is one of the first to be completed in Colorado. The road project, which started in late 2019, is a partnership with the City of Aurora.

The PCFI design was selected by APWA’s county team for its efficiency in reducing delays and travel times for busy intersections like this one, which is close to the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds and Aurora Reservoir. These intersections are primarily different in the turn lane crossover layouts. 

“It’s an honor to be selected,” Williams said.

New left-turn crossover lanes were constructed for both northbound and southbound Gun Club Road. Motorists enter the new left turn lane about 1,000 feet before reaching the intersection. Separating the left turn lane reduces wait times and allows more drivers going straight and left to pass through the intersection during each green light. Similarly, right-turn bypass lanes were added in all directions, allowing drivers to merge with flowing traffic without stopping at a light. 

The project also features a new trail that includes a modern underpass connecting to the Arapahoe County trails east of Gun Club Road. 

“This APWA award recognizes the significant amount and quality of work that was placed in the completion of the project and is a good indication of the great level of service that this intersection will provide to the traveling public well into the future,” said James Katzer, Transportation manager.

Since the PCFI opened, traffic congestion at this intersection has reduced greatly, according to Robert Burch, Alfred Benesch & Company senior resident project manager. The firm was hired by Arapahoe County to oversee the project. “Jon Williams was right in his decision to go with a PCFI,” Burch said. 

All award winners will be recognized and honored at an awards luncheon sponsored by the APWA Colorado Chapter at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 26 at the Arvada Center. The Colorado Chapter——gave out 17 category and five individual awards. 

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