Jeffrey Caldwell 804-786-2715
March 18, 2009
VDOT EARNS TOP HONORS FOR INNOVATION, ENGINEERING AND PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT
Agency collects 44 awards from professional and industry associations in 2008
RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) employs some of the best and brightest transportation professionals in the industry.
VDOT employees continue to receive high praise for their work to keep Virginia moving, earning 44 top honors in 2008 from industry, government and professional associations.
The awards recognize individual and project team accomplishments in business and highway system innovation, construction design, research and professional achievements for members of the VDOT staff around the commonwealth.
“These awards demonstrate innovation, outstanding professional achievements in various fields and illustrate our commitment to improving the quality of the commonwealth’s transportation system,” said VDOT Commissioner David S. Ekern. “Winning these awards has reinforced VDOT’s standing as a premier transportation agency in the country and around the world.”
Some of the honored recipients were part of projects that received the highest possible awards in their fields.
For example, the Interstate 495 Woodrow Wilson Bridge replacement project in Northern Virginia won several top industry honors including:
- The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Transportation Award grand prize. The award recognizes this project for its innovation and efficiency.
- The American Society of Civil Engineers Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement award. The award honors a project that illustrates superior civil engineering skills.
Other projects and initiatives that won awards include:
- The Champions Award presented by American Road & Transportation Builders Association for exemplary work in advancing the practice, use and adoption of Public-Private Partnerships. VDOT was recognized for the resources the agency dedicated to critical Public-Private Partnerships such as the Capital Beltway HOT Lanes, Pocahontas Parkway in Richmond, Route 28 in Northern Virginia, and Coalfields Expressway in Southwestern Virginia.
- The Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Institute for Democratic Governance Innovations in American Government Award for government innovation presented to VDOT’s Knowledge Management Office. The Knowledge Management office shares the knowledge and experience of VDOT’s employees to increase effectiveness and efficiency.
- Gov. Tim Kaine’s Small, Women- and Minority-owned Businesses Award for a Large Agency awarded to VDOT’s Business Opportunity and Workforce Development Center (BOWD) for its work to support disadvantaged business enterprise firms. The BOWD Center was created to provide resources, individual assistance and training for small and minority-owned firms.
- The Federal Highway Administration’s Excellence in Right-of-Way Streamlining and Integration Award for the Town of Grundy relocation project. VDOT was honored for protecting the right of way of property owners and tenants while moving approximately 75 families and business during the relocation of the town outside of the flood plain.
- The American Council of Engineering Companies National Engineering Excellence Grand Award for the Interstate 95/Interstate 395/Interstate 495 Springfield Interchange, which reconfigured a heavily congested traffic junction by replacing bridges, reconfiguring intersections and adding signalized intersections.
- The Association of Equipment Management Professionals Fleet Masters Award for the VDOT equipment program’s business process improvement plan, recognized for its cost-effective management of mixed fleets.
- The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Excel Award for a Public Relations campaign over $50,000. The Highway Safety Challenge Campaign was honored for its public impact to save lives and reduce highway fatalities.
For more information about VDOT’s award-winning programs and projects, 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.