Upgrades to the Rice County Solid Waste Facility will meet the needs of an aging facility and a growing county.
After reviewing the options, county officials found that the best solution to improve traffic flow involves adding a lane in each direction, so there will be two ingress lanes and two egress lanes with construction of a scale house in between. Ingress lanes include an ingress scale lane and an ingress flat fee lane serviced by the new proposed scale house. The egress lanes would include the existing scale lane serviced by the new scale house along with a bypass lane for those already paid or not needing to pay.
This will enable customers to enter and exit the facility without needing to park or get out of their vehicle except at the disposal location. It will also allow haulers to continue to enter utilizing unattended mode scale features.
Another added benefit is better visualization of types of loads coming in, which ensures waste is being disposed of in the appropriate area of the facility.
The Rice County Board of Commissioners approved the advertisement of bids for the project on June 14, 2022. Bids were opened July 7, and on July 12, the board voted unanimously to award the project to the low bidder, Healy Construction Co., of Faribault.