ADOT earns ‘Owner of the Year’ award from engineering magazine

Agency honored for contributions to state’s economy, work on major projects

PHOENIX – Noting the agency’s significant contributions to the state’s economy through partnerships with contractors, Engineering News-Record Southwest magazine has honored the Arizona Department of Transportation as Owner of the Year for its management of infrastructure projects.

The honor, presented recently during the publication’s annual awards luncheon in Phoenix, also highlighted how ADOT benefits Arizonans and works with Arizona’s construction industry.

“As an agency we are proud to have received this honor,” ADOT Director John Halikowski said. “Our employees deserve a lot of credit for working through the challenges presented by the economic downturn last decade. Transportation is such an important part of the state’s economic engine.”

The publication cited the ongoing $110 million Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway widening project in Mesa and the $73 million widening of Loop 101 in the Scottsdale area as examples of major infrastructure improvements. Both projects, designed to accommodate future traffic growth, are slated for completion next year.

“ADOT’s commitment to working with the contracting industry to resolve challenges and to build strong working relationships is one of the best in the country,” Sundt Construction Inc. CEO Mike Hoover told ENR Southwest. “In fact, ADOT has led the nation in its innovative partnering strategies since the early 1990s.”

The magazine also recognized ADOT for its $25 million reconstruction of US 89 south of Page after a 2013 landslide, naming it Best Highway/Bridge Project and winner of the annual Excellence in Safety award.

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