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Date Published: 2013-01-02

Contact: Damon Hodge

Phone: (702) 385-6509

Title: NDOT’s Year in Review Highlights Awards, Recognition

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LAS VEGAS – It was an award-winning year in 2012 for the Nevada Department of Transportation. Below is brief synopsis of the awards and recognition the department received for projects based in Southern Nevada.

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials 

President’s Transportation Award (Highway Traffic Safety) 

  • Jaime Tuddao, senior safety engineer.


American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials 

Faces of Transportation Photo Contest 

  • “Building the Future” and “Taking a Ride” Award Categories – Julie Duewel, NDOT photographer.


American Public Works Association 

Transportation Projects of the Year 

  • Project of the Year ($10 million to $20 Million) – West Mesquite Interchange Design-Build Project
  • Project of the Year (More than$20 Million) – I-15 South Design-Build Project


American Society of Civil Engineers 

Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award, 2012 

  • The Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge increases mobility and security by bypassing through traffic around the dam.


American Society of Landscape Architects, California/Sierra Chapter 

President’s Award, Honor Award 

  • NDOT’s Statewide Landscape and Aesthetics Corridor Plan was recognized for enhancing the quality of life of Nevada’s citizens and tourism through the use of its roadside aesthetics.


American Society for Public Administration 

Section on Transportation Policy/Administration 

  • Truitt-Felbinger Award –Susan Martinovich, former NDOT director.


Associated General Contractors/Nevada Contractors Association 

J.A. Tiberti Spirit Award 

  • Rudy Malfabon, NDOT director.


Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute 

Recognition for use of Epoxy Coating 

  • For more than 20 years, NDOT has required the use of epoxy coated reinforcing steel in bridge decks and other structures in snow-prone areas where de-icing salts are used. Epoxy coating is a cost-effective method that helps prevent reinforcing steel corrosion and provides better durability, extended life and lower maintenance needs.


Department of Defense – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve  

  • National Semifinalist – Department of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Freedom Award.
  • Recognition – Patriot, Above & Beyond Recognition and Pro Patria Awards and Congressional support.


Engineering News-Record/Southwest Contractor 

Transportation Owner of the Year (Southwest) 

  • Recognition for a “design-build revolution” for I-15 projects in Las Vegas and Mesquite and the I-80 in Reno.


Federal Highway Administration National Bridge Inventory 

Best Bridges in the Nation, 2012 

  • Nevada’s bridges were ranked as the nation’s best by a 2011 review of FHWA data.


Institute of Transportation Engineers, Intermountain Chapter 

Transportation Project of the Year, 2012 

  • West Mesquite Interchange Design-Build Project.


Nevada Strategic Highway Safety Plan Awards 

  • Emeritus Award – Susan Martinovich, former NDOT director.
  • Lane Departure Safety Award – Jim Ceragioli, safety engineer.
  • Strategic Communications Alliance Award – Meg Ragonese, public information officer.


Rubber Pavements Association 

Outstanding State DOT Program 2012 

  • In 2011, NDOT repaved I-15 through the heart of Las Vegas – the Strip resort corridor from Sahara to Tropicana – with an overlay made of 20 percent ground, recycled tires, the equivalent of 56,000 scrap tires.


Social Media Outreach 

  • NDOT offers transportation information via Twitter and Facebook. In 2012, NDOT hit 5,000 Twitter followers.


Telly Awards 

Bronze Award: Local TV/Cable Public Service 

  • Recognition for the Zero Fatalities traffic safety outreach campaign, which is a multi-agency collaboration.


The White House 

Transportation Innovators Champions of Change 

  • Susan Martinovich, former NDOT director.


Zero Fatalities Campaign 

  • NDOT, in cooperation with the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety and other partners, continued pushing safe driving through its Zero Fatalities campaign (Zero Fatalities Website).

About NDOT 

Established in 1917, the Nevada Department of Transportation is responsible for the planning, construction, operation and maintenance of 5,400 miles of highway and more than 1,000 bridges comprising the state highway system. NDOT’s mission is to provide a better transportation system for Nevada through unified and dedicated efforts. The department is divided into three districts. The districts are responsible for supervising all state transportation activities within their local areas. NDOT’s headquarters is located in Carson City; district offices are in Las Vegas, Reno and Elko. NDOT is overseen by a seven-member directors’ board and run by senior staff. Visit NDOTs Website for more information.