Shannon Marshall 804-371-6844
March 18, 2010
VDOT RECEIVES 25 TOP AWARDS IN 2009
Honors came from industry, government, professional organizations
RICHMOND — Employees and projects of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) continue to garner significant honors for the agency. In 2009, it was no different: VDOT earned 25 top awards and recognitions from industry, government and professional organizations.
The honors highlight individual and project team accomplishments in business and highway systems innovation, construction design, research and professional achievements for VDOT staff around the state.
“Our employees are among the finest industry professionals at any transportation agency in the nation and these recognitions illustrate that national reputation,” said Greg Whirley, acting VDOT commissioner.
The Woodrow Wilson Bridge, which spans the Potomac River and replaced an older, narrower structure on Interstate 95/495, received several awards, including:
- The Construction Management Association of America Project Achievement Award for Program Management on an infrastructure project, recognizing outstanding professional construction and program management.
- The International Bridge Conference’s Gustav Lindenthal Medal for outstanding achievement in bridge engineering that demonstrates technical and material innovation and a design sensitive to the context of the setting.
- The American Council of Engineering Companies’ Grand Award for Engineering Excellence, which recognizes projects that demonstrate a high level of innovation, achievement and value.
- The American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s Globe Award for an adjacent wetland mitigation project. The award honors agencies that protect the natural environment in the planning, design and construction of infrastructure projects.
Other projects and employees honored include:
- The Institute of Transportation Engineers’ Past Presidents Award for Merit in Transportation to Ning Li, a senior highway safety engineer, for his paper on “Improving Data Accuracy of Roadway Departure Crashes: Virginia Practice and its National Implications.” It brought data inaccuracy issues regarding these crashes to the attention of other state transportation departments and the Federal Highway Administration, which, in turn, issued an official memorandum on the new definition and selection criteria of such crashes in May 2009.
- The Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance’s Construction Quality Award for the Interstate 95-Temple Avenue interchange improvement project in Colonial Heights. The award recognizes a project team whose work exemplifies the best in construction quality, project inspection and overall project management. The new 2,900-foot ramp, which came in under budget and ahead of schedule, provides Temple Avenue drivers direct access to I-95.
- The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ (AASHTO) Bronze Trailblazer Award to VDOT’s Construction Lessons Learned (CLL) program, under the Center for Knowledge and Information Transfer in the Virginia Transportation Research Council and Education Institute. This award, from AASHTO’s Standing Committee on Performance Management, is based on the Baldridge National Quality Program’s “Criteria for Performance Excellence.” VDOT’s Construction Quality Manager’s Community of Practice researched, developed, piloted and implemented the CLL program to encourage staff to share information about work-related issues.
- A listing in Roads and Bridges magazine’s “Top 10 Roads,” which recognizes the best in road construction for 2009, for the Interstate 64-Battlefield Boulevard interchange. The $100 million project included widening two miles of I-64 from six to 14 lanes and reconstructing the interchange to meet current standards and traffic volume.
For more information about VDOT’s award-winning programs and project, visit www.virginiadot.org.
Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.