IRF Honors Eleven Outstanding Projects from Eight Countries

For Immediate Release: November 23, 2009

The International Road Federation (IRF) has announced the winners of the 2009 Global Road Achievement Awards (GRAA) Competition. The 2009 awards honor 11 projects from 8 different countries around the world, each leading the way in excellence in its respective area of the road industry.

The GRAA program was founded in 2000 to recognize leading projects and organizations from around the world. The IRF Awards Program publicizes to the world the innovative, practical, creative, cost saving and sustainable solutions the road industry provides to societies and economies across the world.

Winners of this year's GRAA will be presented to hundreds of high-level government officials, top executives, and other road industry professionals at IRF's 2010 Annual Awards Luncheon being held Monday, January 11, 2010 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.

The winners of the 2009 GRAA Competition are:

Category: Advocacy

Winner – Department of Local Infrastructure Development and Agricultural Roads-Nepal for their project Rural Access Programme (RAP), Nepal

Category: Construction Methodology

Winner – Saudi Binladin Group for their project Jamarat Bridge & Surrounding Area

Category: Design

Winner – T.Y. Lin International for their project Sanhao Bridge

Category: Environmental Mitigation

Winner – COLAS SA for their project The Stakes and the Solutions on Route RN6 Project in Madagascar

Category: Innovative Finance

Winner – Derech-Eretz Highways (1997) Ltd. for their project Road 6 Cross Israel Highway

Category: Maintenance Management

Winner – Dye Management Group, Inc. for their project Maintenance Accountability Process

Category: Program Management

Winner – Northern Gateway Alliance for their project Northern Gateway Toll Road

Category: Research

Winner – Saudi Binladin Group for their project Jamarat Bridge & Surrounding Area

Category: Safety

Winner – Minnesota Department of Transportation for their project Minnesota’s Toward Zero Deaths Program

Category: Technology, Equipment and Manufacturing

Winner – Novatek for their project Diamond Enhanced Road Milling Teeth

Category: Traffic Management and ITS

Winner – Delcan Corporation for their project imove Multi-Modal Traveler Information System


Founded in 1948, the International Road Federation (IRF) is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization with members from both the public and private sectors in 90 countries worldwide. IRF promotes the development and maintenance of better, safer roads and road networks throughout the world, using technological solutions and management practices that provide maximum economic and social returns from road investment.

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