IRF Unveils 2011 Global Road Achievement Awards: Innovation that makes a Difference

For Immediate Release: December 15, 2011

The International Road Federation (IRF) announces today the winners of the 2011 Global Road Achievement Awards (GRAA) Competition. Established in 2000, the GRAA program publicizes to the world the innovative, practical, creative, cost saving and sustainable solutions the road community provides to societies and economies.

The 2011 awards honor 9 projects from 8 countries with an unprecedented representation from transitioning economies. Each awarded project leads the way in excellence in its respective area of the road industry. The selection was made by an independent, international panel of judges with expertise in the roadway development industry.

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 Annual Awards Luncheon being held Tuesday, January 24, 2012 in Washington, DC.

The winners of the 2011 GRAA Competition are:

Category: Construction Methodology

Winner: Exergia – Projectos de Engenharia S.A. for their project “Road and Bridges Rehabilitation / Huambo-Angola. Project: En120, Road Stretch Rio Keve-Huambo”

Category: Design

Winner: Municipality of Abu Dhabi City for their project “The Sheikh Zayed Bridge”

Category: Maintenance Management

Winner: Texas Department of Transportation for their project “TxDOT’s Pavement Management Program”

Category: Program Management

Winner: Concesionaria Interoceánica Sur Tramos 2 y 3 (IIRSA SUR) for their project “The South Interoceanic Road, a Path of Integration and Development”

Category: Research

Winner: University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Department of Transportation & URI Transportation Center for their project “Simulating Asphalts on the Molecular Level”

Category: Traffic Management and ITS

Winner: Delcan Corporation for their project “Hong Kong Route 8 Traffic Control and Surveillance System”

Category: Safety

Winner: The Louis Berger Group, Inc. for their project “Sudan Infrastructure Capacity Building Program: Road Safety Program”

Category: Technology, Equipment and Manufacturing

Winner: Swareflex GmbH - a company of the Swarovski group for their project “SWAROTUBE: Advanced Tunnel Lighting for Improved Security and Outstanding Energy Efficiency”

Category: Quality Management

Winner: Delcan Corporation for their project “OTIA III Oregon State Bridge Delivery Program”


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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