10 Projects Recognized for Excellence
Nearly 300 high-level public and private international transportation officials attended the 2013 International Roads Federation Annual Awards Luncheon on Tuesday January 15, 2013. At the luncheon, 10 outstanding road projects were recognized in addition to the three winners of the IRF’s essay competition (a full list of winners is available in IRF.global Awards section).
Pete Ruane, president & CEO of The American Road & Transportation Builders Association and one of the most respected voices in the industry, delivered the ceremony’s keynote address. Ruane underlined that despite ideological divisions, there remains strong support across the board for transportation improvements. Singling out MAP-21, the U.S. highway and transit bill, Ruane emphasized surface transportation programs are becoming more efficient and accountable to the public.
Several award winners also offered their views on the significance of achieving global industry recognition. “We’re delighted to have won this prestigious award, which is a testament to the hard work and commitment of everyone involved on the Kosovo motorway project,” said Mike Mix, Bechtel-Enka project manager for the Kosovo Motorway, as he jointly accepted the award in the Program Management category along with Kosovo’s Infrastructure Minister, His Excellency, Fehmi Mujota. “It is a significant honor to win this award,” said Minnesota’s Department of Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel, whose agency was granted the Finance & Economics award. Sorel added, “Transportation agencies and businesses from across the world compete. The Better Roads program allows us to get the highest return on our transportation investments by exploring use of innovative methods of contracting, design and construction. It says a great deal about Minnesota’s innovative transportation engineering and delivery efforts.”
For more information on this year's awards or next year's competition, contact Magid Elabyad by email at melabyad@IRF.global or by telephone at + 1 703 535 1001.