Government getting it right is rarely newsworthy, so we are very pleased that the effort is recognized nationally by NPHQ."
Two Colorado highway teams earned 2004 NPHQ awards, a gold by taking intelligent risks to restore the habitat of a rare, protected mouse, and a bronze by breaking the mold to build an entire bridge over a single weekend.
"Possibly the most important measure of quality for the Mitchell Gulch Bridge project was that it was never noticed by most of its customers," says NPHQ's Aadland.
The highway team that reconnected the downtown area of New Haven, CT, with its harbor for the first time since the mid-1800s won the NPHQ bronze for risk taking.
NPHQ's bronze award for partnering went to the Kansas partnership for a design that improved safety along the U.S.
North Carolina's Environmentally Sensitive Design Team won an NPHQ bronze award for partnering to develop a Best Management Practices Manual for constructing and maintaining the North Carolina Department of Transportation's (NCDOT) roadway systems while minimizing adverse impacts on wetlands, streams, and land.
2001 NPHQ Special Recognition for a Small Project (less than $20 million investment) -- Maryland
2001 NPHQ Special Recognition for a Structure Project -- North Carolina
NPHQ is guided by a steering committee of representatives from each of the member organizations.
The NPHQ Long-Range Plan has the following four goals:
* Enhance NPHQ to improve cooperation among industry; state, federal, and local agencies; and academia.
The NPHQ Steering Committee leads this program and strives to encourage all of the states to consider using good practices that are being successfully used in various state highway programs.