January 19, 2020
  • 2:34 pm Committee Leadership Comes into Focus for 116th Congress
  • 2:22 pm Interstate System Report Calls for More Funding, Tolling, VMT Fees, and Cybersecurity
  • 2:15 pm In Memoriam: President George H. W. Bush, ISTEA, and Transportation
  • 1:56 pm Growth Projected for Transportation Projects, but Costs a Challenge
  • 1:35 pm FAA Reshuffles Executives, Plans Drone Identification Rulemaking in Spring 2019
  • 1:28 pm Predictive Technology Helps Reduce Crashes on I-15 Corridor in Las Vegas
  • 1:14 pm Video Report: MoDOT Produces Multi-Lingual Safety Message
  • 1:11 pm PennDOT Nears Completion of Rapid Bridge Replacement Project
  • 1:08 pm Infrastructure Grants Awarded to “Smaller” South Dakota Communities
  • 12:29 pm USDOT Stresses Need to Reserve 5.9 GHz Channel at TRB
  • 12:27 pm USDOT’s Chao Highlights New Vehicle Safety Initiatives at TRB
  • 12:19 pm State DOTs Renew Focus on Ways to Reduce Traffic Fatalities
  • 12:13 pm State DOT Roundtable Highlights Asset Management Needs
  • 12:06 pm USDOT Preps $906M Worth of INFRA Funding for FY 2020

Collin Castle from the Michigan Department of Transportation (above, center, in  photo by Georgia DOT) and Alison Ragan with the Wyoming Department of Transportation were named the winners of the 2018 Transportation Vanguard Award during the annual meeting of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials in Atlanta Sept. 20-24.

The award is designed to recognize a state DOT professional at the forefront of new developments and technologies and AASHTO first created it in late in 2012 in honor of James McMinimee, a professional engineer who worked for the Utah Department of Transportation for 25 years in roles in maintenance, operations and project development.

Collin Castle (right) one of two 2018 Vanguard award winners

McMinimee led the implementation of many UDOT initiatives in diverse areas including performance management, innovative contracting, partnering, maintenance management, traffic operations, design, software development, Olympic operations and project management.

Under his leadership, that agency pioneered the use of self-propelled modular transporters to move completed bridge sections into place in a matter of hours. He also served as AASHTO’s implementation manager for the second Strategic Highway Research Program – known as SHRP2 – where he worked to apply innovative research to transportation projects across the nation.

The Transportation Vanguard Award is sponsored by infrastructure engineering software maker Bentley and architectural, engineering, and consulting firm HDR Inc.


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