Awards

Binational initiative wins economic development award

Binational initiative wins economic development award

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Binational initiative wins economic development award

Binational initiative wins economic development award

May 5, 2017

YUMA – A binational initiative to increase commerce and tourism in southwestern Arizona and the neighboring region in Mexico, stemming from a collaboration involving border communities and state entities including the Arizona Department of Transportation, has been honored for excellence in economic development.

The American Planning Association’s Economic Development Division selected the 4FrontED Initiative for its Donald E. Hunter Excellence in Economic Development Planning Award, saying the public-private partnership “is adding economic value to a multi-jurisdictional region where it may not have otherwise occurred.”

The 4FrontED region includes Yuma, Somerton, Wellton and San Luis in Arizona, as well as San Luis Río Colorado, Mexico. The Cocopah Indian Tribe is a recent member of the initiative.

In 2013, ADOT, the Arizona-Mexico Commission, the Arizona Commerce Authority and the Arizona Office of Tourism worked with the border communities of Douglas, Nogales and San Luis/Yuma County to create the Arizona Border Communities Roadmap identifying assets and strategies to generate economic development.

The 4FrontED Initiative stems from a binational work program, the Border Business Case, that is the first step of the Border Communities Roadmap. Through the 4FrontED Initiative, communities and businesses in southwestern Arizona and in Mexico formed alliances to increase international commerce and tourism and develop strategies to connect investors with opportunities.

“ADOT recognizes that border communities, because of their binational nature, have unique needs but also present a number of valuable opportunities for growth and development,” ADOT Director John Halikowski said. “The collaborative approach through the Border Communities Roadmap ensures that we maximize the efforts to promote the region and foster new investment and job creation.”

Yuma Mayor Douglas J. Nicholls, who initiated 4FrontED’s launch, said the initiative’s successes have only just begun as participants unite behind its shared vision.

“We are doing so, in unison, with short-term and long-term goals, to put the region on the global map,” Nicholls said.

The award will be presented Monday, May 8, at the American Planning Association National Planning Conference in New York City.

Arizona Highways magazine recognized for excellence

Arizona Highways magazine recognized for excellence

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Arizona Highways magazine recognized for excellence

Arizona Highways magazine recognized for excellence

September 23, 2016

PHOENIX – Arizona Highways, a world-renowned magazine that has been sharing stories and dramatic photography of Arizona for almost as long as the state has had roads, added to its reputation for excellence with 20 awards at this month’s International Regional Magazine Association conference.

The magazine, published by the Arizona Department of Transportation, won five first-place Gold Awards, including one for the April issue celebrating the 90th anniversary of Arizona Highways, which published its first edition on April 15, 1925.

Other Gold Awards presented to Arizona Highways for work in 2015:

  • David Muench, Magazine Photographer of the Year for the December issue;
  • Eric Hanson, for his graphic accompanying a Route 66 feature in the May issue;
  • Editor Robert Stieve, for his monthly editor's letter;
  • and Ben Coan, whose photo of Mooney Falls in the Grand Canyon opened The Journal, the magazine’s introductory column, in October.

Arizona Highways also earned seven Silver Awards, four Bronze Awards and four honorable mentions. The magazine won 11 IRMA awards in 2013 and 16 in 2014.

“The magazine’s strong showing at the IRMA awards this year underscores the nearly 93 years of publishing excellence at Arizona Highways magazine,” Publisher Win Holden said. “I was pleased that the magazine’s creative team received recognition in every major category of publishing: writing, design, photography and illustration.”

Among the Silver Awards presented to Arizona Highways were Annette McGivney in the Magazine Writer of the Year category; Scott Baxter for portraits of Clayson Benally (March); Craig Childs for his essay The Long Deep Trails of Water (June), and the magazine’s website, arizonahighways.com.

IRMA, founded in 1960, supports and promotes regional magazines in the United States and elsewhere. Arizona Highways has hosted the conference four times, most recently in 2012.

Gold Awards

  • Editor's Letter: Robert Stieve
  • Single Photo: Ben Coan, Let There Be Light, October
  • Magazine Photographer of the Year: David Muench, December
  • Graphic: Eric Hanson, On the Road Again, May
  • Special Focus: 90th Anniversary Issue, April

Silver Awards

  • Headline and Deck: Robert Stieve, She Knows Dam Well, March 2015
  • Essay: Craig Childs, The Long Deep Trails of Water, June
  • Magazine Writer of the Year: Annette McGivney
  • Portrait Photo: John Sherman, Table of Contents, August
  • Portrait Series: Scott Baxter, Their Souls Blend in a Soft Whisper, March
  • Illustration: Jon Foster, Of Prehistoric Proportions, May
  • Companion Website: arizonahighways.com

Bronze Awards

  • Public Issues: Annette McGivney, For Land's Sake, July
  • Profile: Kathy Montgomery, Sir David, December
  • Reader Service Article: Noah Austin, Robert Stieve and Kelly Vaughn Kramer, Weekend Getaways, January
  • Department: The Journal

Awards of Merit

  • Historical Feature: Kayla Frost, Of Prehistoric Proportions, May
  • Nature and Environment Feature: Annette McGivney, Ba'cho, August
  • Art Direction of a Single Story: Barbara Glynn Denney, Jeff Kida and Keith Whitney, The Blue, July
  • Cover: Barbara Glynn Denney, Salt River Canyon, November

ADOT honored for US 89A repairs after 2015 House Rock flash flood

ADOT honored for US 89A repairs after 2015 House Rock flash flood

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ADOT honored for US 89A repairs after 2015 House Rock flash flood

ADOT honored for US 89A repairs after 2015 House Rock flash flood

August 4, 2016

PHOENIX - After a spectacularly strong monsoon dumped 1.5 inches of rain on northern Arizona’s Vermilion Cliffs in just 15 minutes, it was no surprise that mud and rocks had covered US 89A.

But when Arizona Department of Transportation crews arrived on that day in August 2015, what they saw stopped their bulldozers in their tracks: boulders the size of elephants – 15 feet in diameter – and mud in seven different slides that covered portions of 24 miles of the only road across a wide area north of the Grand Canyon. 

In the first six hours, ADOT crews from Page, Flagstaff and Fredonia rescued motorists trapped between mud flows, and within about 20 hours they had one lane open across the area. But the rest of the job was too big for ADOT’s local crews to handle.

The solution: A process known as Job Order Contracting allowed ADOT to bring in The S.J. Anderson Company of Mesa to repair damaged sections of the road quickly and at the lowest possible cost. For that rapid and efficient response as well as its value to the public, the US 89A House Rock Flash Flood Project has been recognized as the 2015 Harry H. Mellon Award of Excellence Winner in Job Order Contracting.

Invented in 1982, Job Order Contracting is a competitively bid construction procurement process government agencies use to accomplish a large number of repair, alteration and straightforward construction projects based on a set of locally priced construction tasks and competitively awarded contracts. Since its invention, Job Order Contracting has developed into a popular solution for agencies to manage and expedite construction projects.

The award, presented annually since 2007 by Greenville, S.C.-based Gordian Group, a provider of construction cost data, software and services, recognizes facility owners, managers and contractors who perform essential repair, alteration and maintenance work using the Job Order Contracting system. ADOT’s entry was selected from thousands nationwide.

“This year’s Award of Excellence winner demonstrated the speed, versatility and efficiencies of Job Order Contracting, even in the face of a natural disaster,” said William Pollak, CEO of Gordian. “We congratulate Arizona DOT and The S.J. Anderson Company for the remarkable job they did serving road users in Arizona.”

Even with the challenges of a huge task in a remote location, the US 89A repairs were completed in just 53 days, with ADOT providing on-site inspection. The contractor mobilized within days of proposal acceptance, bringing crews and equipment from around the Southwest.

“This award recognizes a creative approach that allowed ADOT’s Northcentral District to respond quickly, efficiently and effectively to an unexpected challenge,” said Dallas Hammit, ADOT’s state engineer and deputy director for transportation. “Completing the repairs and cleanup of such a large event in less than two months was an outstanding achievement.”

The value of the Job Order Contracting process was clear when a second monsoon storm caused  damage while the repairs were underway. Using standard costs approved by the Arizona Department of Administration, ADOT was able to approve the added work without delay and incorporate it into the project.

Gordian presented the award Thursday, Aug. 4, at the ADOT administration building in Phoenix.
 

Awards program honors ADOT shops for sustainability

Awards program honors ADOT shops for sustainability

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Awards program honors ADOT shops for sustainability

Awards program honors ADOT shops for sustainability

May 16, 2016

By Angela DeWelles / ADOT Communications

It’s not always easy being green … but ADOT workers strive to reduce waste and improve the environment.

ADOT's Green Shop program was started to promote and reward ADOT Equipment Services shops that minimize waste and reduce impacts to the environment. To be recognized with an Environmental Green Shop award, ADOT equipment service shops must implement and comply with more than 150 different best management practices all aimed at promoting environmentally friendly operational practices that reduce waste and improve sustainability.

It is a huge accomplishment to win the Green Shop award,” says Nathan Carroll, ADOT’s Fuel, Scales, Environmental and Training Manager.

This year, ADOT equipment service shops in Tucson and Springerville earned the honor (two awards are given every other year – one to a full-service shop and one to a smaller, satellite location).

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The competition for the top shops was intense. According to Carroll, just half a point separated Tucson from the three shops that tied for second place.

Tucson and Springerville both employed a number of improvements that demonstrate efforts that are “above and beyond” standard best practices, says ADOT Environmental Engineering Specialist Robert Trapani.

Trapani, who played a big role in the development of the Green Shop award program, evaluates and works with each of ADOT’s 23 equipment services shops throughout the two-year cycle. His process includes three site visits where shops are graded on their compliance with ADOT’s best-practices manual and for implementing environmental methods.

He said it was a range of efforts, from simple housekeeping to more involved things like the conversion to LED lighting, self-audits, improved quality control measures and increased recycling, which led to this year’s wins for Tucson and Springerville. Tucson Shop Foreman Harry Edwards explained that even small changes can have big impacts. For example, the relocation of a tire machine from the north side of the shop to a more centralized location closer to tire repair tools saved an average of 10 minutes per tire change and 174 steps for the techs, Edwards said. That totals about $3,000 in savings each year. Edwards also stressed that every shop employee had a part in the improvements.

Equipment Parts Supervisor Kevin Potts agreed.

“All the techs stepped up on this,” he said. “Everybody jumped on board.”

Administrative Services Division Director Sonya Herrera, who was on hand for the award presentation in Tucson on April 8 (Springerville will be awarded later this month), said many of the improvements made are in line with the agency’s Continuous Improvement efforts.

“You guys are absolutely right on target,” she said. “I commend your efforts and am very impressed at what you’ve done.”

This isn't the first time we've covered the The Green Shop Program on the blog. The program actually began 10 years ago.

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

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

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

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

November 12, 2015

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.

For more information about ADOT, visit azdot.gov.

Award honors ADOT's commitment to diversity in business

Award honors ADOT's commitment to diversity in business

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Award honors ADOT's commitment to diversity in business

Award honors ADOT's commitment to diversity in business

November 10, 2015

PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Transportation is being honored for its commitment to diversity in business relationships with suppliers and contractors.

The Arizona Million Dollar Circle of Excellence award, presented by the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Minority Business Development Agency, recognizes organizations whose practices support small businesses owned by minorities and women.

“This agency is grounded in the values of accountability, integrity and respect,” ADOT Director John Halikowski said. “The commitment to diversity recognized by this award speaks to one core way we hold ourselves to the highest professional standards.”

Gonzalo A. de la Melena Jr., president and CEO of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, said Hispanics impact every segment of Arizona’s economy, including the transportation infrastructure.

“So we’re pleased to have a partner in the Arizona Department of Transportation as we promote diversity in hiring, promotion and the supply chain pipeline,” he said.

Those selected for this honor have helped disadvantaged business enterprises earn more than $1 million in the past year. In ADOT’s case, the contracts were worth more than $25 million.

“ADOT employees have worked extensively to connect with the diversity of Arizona’s business community,” Halikowski said. “In addition to informing about potential bid opportunities, they educate firms about how to do business with ADOT.”

ADOT will receive the award Friday, Nov. 13, in Phoenix at the Business Diversity Summit organized by the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Minority Business Development Agency.

Arizona Highways comes up big in prestigious magazine awards

Arizona Highways comes up big in prestigious magazine awards

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Arizona Highways comes up big in prestigious magazine awards

Arizona Highways comes up big in prestigious magazine awards

November 4, 2015

PHOENIX ‒ Arizona Highways was a big winner in the International Regional Magazine Association awards for 2014. The magazine, produced by the Arizona Department of Transportation, picked up 16 awards, including seven top honors, at a recent ceremony in San Diego.

John Burcham’s “Long Exposure,” a September 2014 portfolio for which Burcham photographed Bismarck Lake near Flagstaff for an entire year, won gold in the Photo Series category. Editor Robert Stieve took home a gold award for that portfolio's headline, and Burcham won silver in the Photographer of the Year competition.

Other 2014 gold winners were for the magazine’s January cover, which featured a shot from the Vermilion Cliffs; Jack Unruh’s illustration of a jaguar (April); Charles Bowden’s “Counting Sheep” (February), an essay about bighorn reintroductions in the Santa Catalina Mountains; Joel Grimes’ portrait of a rodeo announcer (August); and Matt Jaffe’s “Two Men and a Truck” (November), a travelogue from the Navajo Nation.

Arizona Highways’ 16 total awards were the second-most in the competition, behind only Texas Highways’ 17. The seven golds were tied for the most with Down East: The Magazine of Maine.

In addition, Arizona Highways Publisher Win Holden received the Kenneth L. Gibbs Award for Merit, the association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Arizona Highways captures the essence of this state’s exquisite landscapes and byways while promoting Arizona’s brand around the world,” ADOT Director John Halikowski said. “While we are proud of the individuals who earned these awards, we’re even more proud of Arizona Highways’ role in this agency’s mission of moving Arizona and its economy forward.”

The International Regional Magazine Association was founded in 1960 to support and promote regional magazines in the United States and elsewhere.

Founded in 1925, Arizona Highways is dedicated to promoting travel to and through the state of Arizona. In addition to the world-renowned magazine known for spectacular landscape photography, Arizona Highways publishes travel guide books, calendars and other products to promote travel in Arizona.  The magazine has subscribers in all 50 states and more than 110 countries.

For more information about Arizona Highways and to subscribe, please visit arizonahighways.com.

Gold Awards

Nature & Environment: “Counting Sheep,” Charles Bowden, February 2014
Travel Feature: “Two Men and a Truck,” Matt Jaffe, November 2014
Head and Deck: “Long Exposure,” Robert Stieve, September 2014
Photo Series: “Long Exposure,” John Burcham, September 2014
Portrait Photo: Rodeo announcer (The Journal), Joel Grimes, August 2014
Illustration: Jaguar (Spotted in Southern Arizona), Jack Unruh, April 2014
Cover: Vermilion Cliffs, Barbara Glynn Denney, January 2014

Silver Awards

Public Issues: The Verde, Terry Greene Sterling, March 2014
Single Photo: "Monument Valley (A Picture’s Worth ... Eh, Let’s Skip the Words)," Enio Lanaro, April 2014
Magazine Photographer of the Year: John Burcham
Department: The Journal, Arizona Highways Staff
Special Focus: Winter issue, December 2014
Companion Website: Arizona Highways Staff

Awards of Merit

Service Article: “On the Edge,” Robert Stieve, July 2014
Essay: “A Winter’s Walk,” Craig Childs, January 2014
Art Direction of a Single Story: “French Impressions,” Barbara Glynn Denney, Keith Whitney and Jeff Kida, August 2014

ADOT’s US 89 reconstruction honored as ‘Project of the Year’

ADOT’s US 89 reconstruction honored as ‘Project of the Year’

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ADOT’s US 89 reconstruction honored as ‘Project of the Year’

ADOT’s US 89 reconstruction honored as ‘Project of the Year’

November 2, 2015

PHOENIX ‒ After a 2013 landslide closed US 89 and split the communities of Page and Bitter Springs, the Arizona Department of Transportation completed a critical $25 million repair. Now an industry publication has honored that effort as one of the top projects completed in 2015.

Engineering News-Record Southwest selected ADOT along with its contractors – FNF Construction for the construction work and AECOM for the design – for the 2015 Project of the Year in the highway/bridge category. The honor earns the US 89 project consideration for the Best of the Best Projects 2015 Awards, judged by construction industry professionals from across the country.

“ADOT, along with our design and construction contractors, rose to meet the technical and logistical challenges of the US 89 repair,” said ADOT Director John Halikowski. “The result was not only industry recognition, but also the restoration of an important highway for thousands of people in northern Arizona who depend on the corridor as their connection to the rest of the state.”

ADOT assembled a team of engineering experts to develop a long-term solution for restoring this vital route near Page. The nine-month-long project, which started in July 2014 following extensive environmental and geotechnical work, removed about 1 million cubic yards of earth and rock to realign a 1,500-foot section of roadway and create a rock buttress to help stabilize the area.

While working on the long-term solution, ADOT paved Navajo Route 20, which was mostly a dirt and sandy road stretching from Bodaway-Gap to LeChee, to serve as the temporary US 89 route. This reduced the length of the original established detour route (US 160 and State Route 98) in half, and served as the short-term solution for motorists heading to and from Page until the US 89 reconstruction was finished last spring.

The reconstruction project was paid for through emergency relief funds from the Federal Highway Administration.

ADOT nationally recognized for environmental leadership

ADOT nationally recognized for environmental leadership

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ADOT nationally recognized for environmental leadership

ADOT nationally recognized for environmental leadership

September 24, 2015

PHOENIX — The Arizona Department of Transportation, which has been nationally recognized for its creative and innovative solutions to promote safe travel while protecting wildlife and connecting ecosystems, received another accolade for its leadership in developing wildlife crossing structures in Arizona.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration recently awarded ADOT and its partner Animal Road Crossing Solutions this year’s Environmental Excellence Award for Excellence in Environmental Leadership.

Arizona has long been considered a leader in wildlife connectivity issues. ADOT and multiple partner agencies, including the Arizona Game and Fish Department, collaborated to construct wildlife underpasses and elk crossings along State Route 260 east of Payson and desert bighorn sheep overpasses near historic Hoover Dam on US 93.

“ADOT has a long record of innovative and successful wildlife accommodations as part of construction projects,” said ADOT Director John Halikowski. “While ADOT is not a wildlife-management agency, we are a transportation safety agency and we partner with other agencies, such as the Arizona Game and Fish Department, in an effort to preserve and protect wildlife, while reducing vehicle-wildlife collisions.”

According to data collected by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, more than 15,000 crossings by 16 species of animals were recorded at six underpasses along SR 260 in Arizona over a seven-year period. In addition, more than 4,300 desert bighorn sheep crossed three overpasses on US 93 in Arizona in a two-year span.

In addition to preserving wildlife, these specialized crossings protect drivers from crashes with some of the state’s big game.

A fencing project linking three existing crossing structures on SR 260 reduced elk-vehicle collisions by 98 percent over a six-year span.

Wildlife crossing structures and fencing can greatly lessen the impact of traffic because, together, they provide safe linkages across highways, helping ensure stable local and regional wildlife populations.

Selected by an independent panel, the Environmental Excellence Award is the Federal Highway Administration’s biennial recognition of innovative efforts to preserve the environment while enhancing America’s highways.

“Building a 21st-century transportation system that is cost-efficient and protects the environment requires creativity and innovation,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “These awards demonstrate FHWA’s support of projects that approach current and future transportation challenges with new solutions.”

Additional information about the 2015 Environmental Excellence Award recipients can be found at https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/environmental_excellence_awards/.

ADOT receives environmental award for San Pedro bridge replacement near Sierra Vista

ADOT receives environmental award for San Pedro bridge replacement near Sierra Vista

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ADOT receives environmental award for San Pedro bridge replacement near Sierra Vista

ADOT receives environmental award for San Pedro bridge replacement near Sierra Vista

April 29, 2015

We originally shared this video in December 2012, when work to replace the San Pedro River Bridge was underway.

We have some great news to share…

ADOT has been recognized for its environmental protection efforts while rebuilding the San Pedro Bridge through a sensitive conservation area on State Route 90 east of Sierra Vista! The American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation’s annual Globe Awards this month highlighted ADOT’s work to protect the natural environment during a nearly two-year reconstruction.

You remember this project, right? We blogged about it during construction and featured some videos that highlighted many of the project aspects that were recognized with the award.

The project, which was designed to replace a bridge originally built in 1955, included the construction of a new structure featuring wider traffic lanes, emergency shoulders and greater clearance over the San Pedro River.

The bridge’s location – it sits in one of two congressionally designated national riparian conservation areas in the country – factored into the project’s progression.

While the bridge replacement began in October 2012, work halted the following April through October to avoid disrupting the migratory bird season in the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area.

Other environmental mitigation measures included a containment plan to prevent debris from contaminating the San Pedro, along with lead paint abatement before the old bridge was demolished. Also, the project included re-seeding vegetation and planting trees. ADOT also employed a biologist to monitor construction impacts on the river as well as the more than 200 animal species and 250 migratory bird species in the area.

The San Pedro Bridge is an important link between the communities of Sierra Vista, Tombstone and Bisbee. The $6.2 million project was completed in March 2014.

More on the award
The Globe Award recognizes transportation agencies that do an outstanding job protecting the environment in the planning, design and construction of infrastructure projects. The recognition was in the category of bridges costing less than $10 million.