State Transportation Department Teams Earn Top Honors in National Award Program

Contact: Susan Shafer (517) 335-6397

October 1, 2001

 

Governor John Engler today announced that two Michigan Department of Transportation teams will be honored with Exemplary Partner Awards from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO).

 

The awards were two of the seven bestowed nationwide, from a field of 110 applications submitted by departments of transportation.

 

"These awards demonstrate that state employees are steadfastly focused on improvements that benefit all concerned," said Governor Engler. "I applaud their accomplishments and congratulate them on winning these awards."

 

MDOT’s Accelerated Program Delivery project is a multi-functional, multi-disciplinary set of teams. The objective of the entire 50-plus member team was to achieve the department’s accelerated delivery goal of taking bids on 90 percent of construction projects within the first six months of the fiscal year. MDOT’s $1.5 billion program includes road and bridge work, preventive maintenance, safety projects and projects that improve and expand the highway’s current capacity.

 

As a result of this significant change, supplier satisfaction improved by 77 percent, with a 62-percent reduction in cycle time and significant reduction in construction program costs.

"MDOT employees have proven to me time and again that they are ready, willing and able to rise to a challenge and to effect positive change," said State Transportation Director Gregory J. Rosine. "I am thrilled to see their efforts recognized by their peers at the national level."

The 19 members of the 2001 Leadership Conference Planning Team worked on planning and executing the department’s two-day leadership conference.

 

The team was completely responsible for conference planning and execution, including developing a theme, arranging speakers and activities. The conference received the highest rating of any department-wide management or leadership conference in department history.

Both awards are based on the Malcolm Baldrige Performance Excellence criteria. The awards will be presented formally at the annual AASHTO meeting later this year.