Washington County Engineer Wayne Sandberg was elected and installed as the North-Central Region Vice President of the National Association of County Engineers (NACE) at its recent annual meeting held via videoconference. Sandberg’s term will run through April 2023.
NACE is a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional association in its 65th year, representing more than 3,000 county road officials and related professionals in the United States and Canada. In the United States, local roads account for about 75% of highways and roads, or 2.93 million miles. Counties manage 1.74 million miles of those roads. Counties also own 231,000 bridges and operate one-third of the nation’s transit systems.
“It is an honor and privilege to serve the nation’s county road professionals this year,” said Sandberg. “I look forward to joining with our local, state and national partners in ensuring sound federal policy that reflects the importance of our county transportation infrastructure. With counties owning more roads and bridges than any other government entity, these roads are the primary economic driver of our nation and will be vital to its economic recovery from the current health crisis.’
Sandberg began his tenure with Washington County in 1999, and as County Engineer since 2011. Additionally, he has served on the board of Directors of the Minnesota County Engineers Association from 2017-2018 and as its president in 2019. Additionally, Sandberg is the current treasurer of the Minnesota Transportation Alliance.