LAS VEGAS - It was an award-winning year in 2013 for the Nevada Department of Transportation. Below is a brief synopsis of the awards and recognition the department received for Southern Nevada transportation enhancements. NDOT is responsible for the planning, construction, operation and maintenance of 5,400 miles of highway, roadways (frontage and access) along with more than 1,000 bridges comprising the state highway and roadway system. NDOT's mission is to provide a better transportation system for Nevada through unified and dedicated efforts. The awards are a testament to NDOT, which has approximately 1,800 employees and an annual budget topping $800 million.
Southern Nevada Recognition
Associated General Contractors of America
Marvin M. Black Excellence in Partnering Award
- West Mesquite Interchange Design-Build Project
NDOT utilized the innovative Accelerated Bridge Construction technique in which new I-15 bridges were constructed next to existing bridges. Each existing bridge was then demolished, and new bridges slid into place overnight - with the aid of dishwashing liquid - reducing construction time by six months while still allowing interstate traffic to flow smoothly using exit and on-ramps. The project utilized team-building, conflict resolution, a formal partnering charter and improved communication with local agencies and the public as well as extensive partnering with the contractor.
Intelligent Transportation Society of Nevada
ITS Project of the Year, Over $2 million
- I-15 ITS Design-Build Project from I-215 to Stateline (integrated traffic camera system)
This project was part of the I-15 ITS Design-Build Project to integrate and add 271 traffic cameras to a larger network of statewide traffic cameras. The online cameras offer nearly real-time video of traffic conditions in metro areas and help drivers make commute choices based on travel conditions, thus leading to enhanced traffic management and safety. The enhancements also created an integrated system allowing transportation and emergency management agencies to use and direct the cameras for the quickest and most accurate response to all types of traffic situations and emergencies.
International Partnering Institute
Partnered Project of the Year Award - Diamond Level
- West Mesquite Interchange Design-Build Project
The International Partnering Institute's top award recognized how the project incorporated project stakeholders, utilized partnering best practices and overcame any project constraints to deliver an outstanding transportation enhancement.
Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board
Bicycle and Pedestrian Awards
- Employee/Agency Award - Thor Dyson, NDOT District Engineer; Rebecca Kapuler, NDOT Planning
- Lifetime Service Award - Tim Rowe, NDOT Planning
The board recognized the efforts of individuals, agencies and organizations related to bicycle and pedestrian planning, infrastructure, safety and advocacy. Tim Rowe received the lifetime service award for his work on the board. Thor Dyson and Rebecca Kapuler were recognized for improving bicycle and pedestrian connectivity and safety in Nevada.
Western Cooperative Test Group
Superior Quality/Highest Measure of Participation
- Materials Sample Testing of Performance Grade Binder
Use of quality materials with the most efficient lifestyle cost and material recycling are priorities of NDOT's two asphalt materials labs. The labs were recently recognized for superior quality and breadth of asphalt binder testing by the Western Cooperative Test Group. The group shares innovative techniques to improve blacktop and the standardized testing of asphalt material, all to enhance the use, safety and value of asphalt roads across the west.
Gold and Silver Awards
NDOT's Partnering Program establishes facilitated and structured partnering to build successful road projects without the cost and delay of construction-related claims. Through the program, the state has greatly reduced road construction-related claims, and saved money and staff time. NDOT recognized the following projects for 2013:
West Mesquite Interchange Design-Build (Mesquite)
The project utilized the innovative Accelerated Bridge Construction technique to build new I-15 bridges next to existing bridges. Each existing bridge was then demolished, and new bridges slid into place overnight, reducing bridge construction time by six months while still allowing interstate traffic to flow smoothly using exit and on-ramps.
I-15 South Design-Build (Las Vegas)
The project widened and improved I-15 south of the Strip. New and reconstructed overpasses were built to help traffic flow and access roads constructed to ease congestion and increase safety by taking merging traffic off of I-15. The project also saw Nevada's first use of a self-propelled modular transporter and vital detours to help reduce impacts of long-term bridge construction road closures. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority funded the project.
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 NDOT's Website for more information.