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City engineer retires

From the restoration of Old Cedar Avenue bridge to securing funding for phase one of the I-494 and I-35W interchange improvement, City Engineer Shelly Hanson has worked on countless projects that shaped the landscape of Bloomington in her 24 years with the City.

The diversity of the work is one of the things that attracted her to Bloomington when she started in 1991. It’s also one of the things she says she’ll miss when she retires this month after nearly 20 years leading the City’s engineering efforts. 

“The diversity of the work made it very interesting, challenging and rewarding,” she said. “Some of my favorite projects were working on Penn American, the Lindau Lane Corridor, small cell wireless technology legislation and developing South Loop.”

In 2005, Hanson was recognized as the Women’s Transportation Seminar—Minnesota Chapter’s Woman of the Year. She was also the first woman to be named the City Engineer’s Association of Minnesota (CEAM) Engineer of the Year in 2015, and the first woman to serve as CEAM’s president in 2009. 

Through her career, Hanson has helped advance women in the fields of Public Works and Engineering by mentoring individual women and volunteering at Girl Time, a special event at The Works Museum for girls between 5 – 12 years old.