In addition to laying down some 44 tons of asphalt in 2022, Arapahoe County’s Road and Bridge team laid down some impressive statistics in a year marked by ongoing staff shortages and budget constraints.
Like many departments across the County, Public Works and Development felt the pinch of a lean labor market. Despite expanded efforts to recruit new staff, many divisions struggled to find qualified applicants. By early summer—the height of roadwork season—the team realigned their goals and applied some new approaches to their work.
“We knew that teamwork would be our most important tool last year,” said Bridge Operations Manager Michael Haraldson. “But we also relied on creativity and goal refinement to maximize our small team to accomplish great things.”
Haraldson is quick to point out the division’s success rode on the shoulders of every team member. “It took every single one of us working together to exceed goals in several areas.”
Here’s what the Road and Bridge team accomplished in 2022:
“High quality goals set an industry standard for the work these crews are responsible for,” said Haraldson. “We are exceptionally proud to meet such high standards given the constraints we faced this year.”