The International Road Federation (IRF) has announced the winners of its 2016 Global Road Achievement Awards at a special ceremony held during the 2nd IRF Asia Regional Congress & Exhibition, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Since their inception in 2000, the IRF Global Road Achievement Awards have recognized more than 120 programs, projects and products from around the world. This year, the IRF honored 12 projects from 10 countries, each leading the way in innovation across major road and highway disciplines. The selection was made by an international panel of senior road development specialists. The winning projects this year range from a Chinese bridge that blends into the natural landscape, to a moveable concrete highway barrier, complex motorway projects, a recycled road surface mix, and Malaysia’s first elevated Bus Rapid Transit system.
The 2016 Award winners are:
Asset Preservation and Maintenance Management: the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) Traffic & Roads Agency of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for the asset preservation and maintenance management system for transport, roads and traffic in Dubai; Construction Methodology: Jambatan Kedua Sdn Bhd of Malaysia, for the Second Penang Bridge; Design: Zhejiang Jiashao Bridge Investment & Development Co Ltd from China, for the Jiashao Bridge Project; Environmental Mitigation: Bechtel Enka General Partnership from Kosovo, for the Route 6 Motorway Project; Program Management: Romanian National Company of Motorways and National Roads and Louis Berger for the Timisoara-Lugoj Motorway; Project Finance & Economics: Road Infrastructure Development Company of Rajasthan Ltd from India, for the Rajasthan Mega Highways Project; Quality Management: Roads & Transport Authority Traffic & Roads Agency of Dubai, for the Ras al Khor Crossing; Research: Worcester Polytechnic University (UK), RAP Technologies (USA), EMPA (Switzerland) and Latvian State Roads (Latvia) for the 100% Recycled Hot-Mix Asphalt research project; Safety: Volvo Group Latin America from Brazil, for the Volvo Traffic Safety Program; Technology, Equipment & Manufacturing: Lindsay Transportation Solutions from the USA, for the Golden Gate Bridge Moveable Median Barrier; Traffic Management and Intelligent Transportation Systems: Far Eastern Electronic Toll Collection Co Ltd from Taiwan, for the FETC Innovation from Highway Toll to ITS Taiwan Smart City; Urban Planning & Mobility: Sunway Construction Sdn Bhd from Malaysia, for the Bus Rapid Transit Sunway Line.
“Much of the transport sector’s accomplishments are unnoticed by the hundreds of millions of people who benefit so greatly from the availability of safe, smart and interconnected road networks,” said IRF chairman Abdullah Al-Mogbel. “The IRF’s Global Road Achievement Awards provide a rare opportunity to celebrate our industry’s successes, and highlight how our work supports broader societal goals.”
IRF president and CEO C Patrick Sankey added, “For the past 16 years, our awards program has constituted an industry reference for innovators across the globe. Year after year, our sector demonstrates that it is a source of cutting-edge solutions that makes a difference in our communities.”