December 22, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

OCITE 2009 Professional Recognition Awards

The Ozarks Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (OCITE) presented 2009 Professional Recognition Awards at its 1st Annual Banquet and Awards Presentation on December 10, 2009. The following awards were presented:

2009 Transportation Achievement Award – Operations (Public Agency) was presented to the District 8 Office of the Missouri Department of Transportation in Springfield for the innovative design and construction of the Diverging Diamond Interchange at I-44 and State Route 13 (Kansas Expressway).  This interchange is the first of its type in North America and has been featured in Popular Science Magazine as one of the Top 100 Innovations of 2009.  This design allowed MoDOT the opportunity to make a significant traffic capacity and safety improvement faster, with less expense and in a safer manner than traditional interchange improvements involving widening of the bridge and traffic lanes.

2009 Transportation Achievement Award – Facilities (Public Agency) was a joint presentation to the District 8 Office of the Missouri Department of Transportation in Springfield, the City of Springfield Department of Public Works and the Greene County Highway Department, for working with the Springfield-Branson National Airport to design and construct modifications of the I-44 and State Route 266 Interchange, a new access road to the Midfield Terminal from State Route 266 to State Route EE including a new bridge over the BNSF Railroad and a roundabout intersection of State Route EE, Farm Route 124 and the airport entrance.

2009 Transportation Achievement Award – Facilities (Public Agency) was presented to the Springfield-Branson National Airport Board represented by Dr. Robert Spence, Chair, and members Howard Fisk and Jim Enyart, and Gary Cyr, Director of Aviation.  This award recognizes the importance of the new Midfield Terminal to the economic vitality and development of the Springfield-Branson Region.  The new $117 million Midfield Terminal has greatly improved services for airline passengers, airline operations, baggage and cargo handling, security, airline ground handling equipment, ground access improvements and parking in addition to modernizing the appearance and amenities of the facility, providing a world class “front door” for business in the community while insuring the expandability of the facility from 10 gates to up to 60 gates in the future.

2009 Transportation Achievement Award (Private Company) was presented to the Springfield Office of Olsson Associates (with headquarters in Lincoln, NE), recognizing projects which include design of the new East/West arterial from U.S. 65 at Evans Road to Campbell Avenue, Route CC corridor from Route NN to Main Street in Christian county, and the East/West Road in Taney County.  Olsson Associates was named Engineering Firm of the Year for 2008 by the Springfield Business Journal at their annual Economic Impact Awards ceremony.

2009 Distinguished Service Awards - were presented to Gary D. Ludlam and Harry L. Price recognizing their careers in Transportation Engineering of over 40 years each.  Mr. Ludlam retired as Assistant District Engineer for the District 8 Office of the Missouri Department of Transportation in Springfield in 2002 and currently works for Mathews Associates (MAI) in Springfield.  Mr. Price retired as District Engineer for the District 8 Office of the Missouri Department of Transportation in Springfield in 2002 and has continued his career for another 7 years as Assistant Director of Public Works over Engineering and Storm Water Divisions for the City of Springfield.

2009 Transportation Professional of the Year Award – was presented to Gary A. Cyr, Senior, Director of Aviation for the Springfield-Branson National Airport in Springfield (MO) recognizing Mr. Cyr for oversight of many important Capital Improvements including construction of the new Midfield Terminal. Mr. Cyr began his service at the Springfield-Branson National Airport as Assistant Director of Aviation in 1995 and was promoted to Director in 2004.  Mr. Cyr is currently serving his 3rd year on the National Board of Directors for the American Association of Airport Executives.

About OCITE - The Ozarks Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (OCITE) was chartered by the Institute on February 5, 2003 with 21 charter members and currently has over 90 members representing Traffic and Transportation Engineers, Roadway Designers, Planners, System Operators along with Education, Enforcement, and Safety specialists in Southwest Missouri.

For More Information: Contact King Coltrin, 2009 OCITE President at 886-7171.

Images of all award recipients are available upon request. Call Earl Newman, City of Springfield Traffic Engineering, (417) 864-1863.