|CDOT receives award for response to 2013 floods|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
The Colorado Department of Transportation’s response to the historic flooding of September 2013 was honored by the Western Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials during its annual meeting in Albuquerque, N.M. Specifically, CDOT’s flood response was named winner in the medium-sized projects (cost: $26-199 million) in the Quality of Life/Community Development category.
In September, CDOT rose to meet the most significant challenge it has faced in its 100-year history—a devastating flood that shut down 27 roads on the state highway system and damaged 120 bridges and 242 miles of roadways across northwestern and eastern Colorado.
“This award is a great recognition of a monumental response to a historic event,” said Don Hunt, executive director of CDOT. “The teamwork and effectiveness of CDOT’s response to the floods is almost beyond description. We are the department that is in charge of getting our citizens to the store for food, getting them to their jobs, to the game or to school, and ultimately keep them safe on the road—responding was no small task but became our most important mission.”
The CDOT project now moves into the next round of competition, in which the 10 projects with the highest scores from the regional awards competitions, such as WASHTO, around the U.S. will compete for the national grand prize and People’s Choice Award. The final 10 projects will be announced on Sept. 4.
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