San Antonio – Two projects from Utah and three from New Mexico were among the winners of “Making a Difference” awards presented by the National Partnership for Highway Quality.
The Utah Department of Transportation, Operations Training Group, received the NPHQ's 2008 “Making A Difference – Workforce Training” award in recognition of the development of new training programs married to major organizational and administrative innovations affecting nearly 1,000 employees in 125 separate work units throughout the state.
Utah's Transportation Education Program (TEP) begins with the Transportation Technician Academy, which must be completed in the first year of employment and provides an introduction to many of the job skills needed by UDOT. TEP II consists of math and English classes taught by Salt Lake Community College, available through distance learningtechnologies. The third TEP module is a Web-based program that covers maintenance and construction topics.
The NPHQ also recognized the Utah Department of Transportation for using Self-Propelled Modular Transporters, similar to those used by NASA to transport the Space Shuttle, to remove a deteriorated 4-million-pound bridge in one piece and replace it with a new 3-million-pound, pre-built bridge that was lifted and moved into place within a few hours, over a single weekend.
This resulted in reduction in the cost of delay to the public of approximately $4 million.
The New Mexico Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Pueblo of Laguna, and Laguna Development Corp. were honored with the NPHQ 2008 “Making A Difference – Risk Taking” Silver Award for innovative collaboration on the BIA Route L-22 and Exit 108 – Interstate 40 Interchange Ramp Project.
The NMDOT; design consultant Parsons-Brinckerhoff; Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority/SunCal; ITS designer Telvent Farradyne; city of Albuquerque; project contractor Salls Brothers Construction Inc.; and designers Bohannon Huston and Gannett Fleming West received a “Making A Difference” bronze award in recognition of the I-40/98th Street to West Central Interchange Projectpartnership.
Finally, NMDOT, designer Parsons Brinckerhoff, contractor K. Barnett & Sons Inc., and Reiman Corp. have been named a 2008 “Making A Difference” bronze award winner in recognition of excellence in public communications throughout the NM 467 Railroad Overpass project inClovis, NM.
The NPHQ “Making A Difference” Award recognizes overall project quality; the partnership between state Departments of Transportation and private contractors; technical and materials innovations; the effectiveness and creativity of public involvement; the team's effectiveness in meeting or exceeding expected deadlines, costs and deliverables; responsiveness to environmental needs and opportunities; and adherence to other principles of qualitymanagement.