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[INDOT] INDOT’s Business Practices Receive Major Engineering Awards
Start Date: 10/29/2012Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 10/29/2012End Time: 11:59 PM
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INDOT’s Business Practices Receive Major Engineering Awards

AASHTO, ITE Recognize DamageWise, Kitchen Table Meetings, Alt. Fuels Programs


INDIANAPOLIS – The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) have recognized the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) with national and international performance awards.


In August, ITE presented INDOT with its Public Agency Council Achievement Award of Excellence for “transforming its business practices by implementing innovative, creative and fiscally responsible solutions.” At its Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh on Nov. 18, AASHTO will present INDOT with its President’s Award for Performance Excellence.


“INDOT utilizes innovative management, construction and financing methods to achieve our mission,” said Commissioner Michael B. Cline. “INDOT’s values drive our approach to deliver quality results for our customers, partners and employees at the lowest possible cost.”


INDOT has realized tens of millions of dollars in cost savings by adopting more efficient policies and procedures, combining and streamlining procurement, and achieving reductions in operational costs. While Governor Daniels’ Major Moves program has nearly doubled Indiana’s highway construction, INDOT has the smallest staffing levels in recent memory with 3,634 current employees. Efficiencies gained are reinvested into capital expenditures or highway maintenance.


INDOT’s improved culture, creative thinking, and teamwork have resulted in the implementation of the three specific initiatives recognized by AASHTO and ITE. AASHTO recognized INDOT’s DamageWise program with its President’s Award for Performance Excellence, while the I-69 Kitchen Table Meetings and Alternative Fuel Vehicles received Gold Performance Excellence Awards in 2011 and 2012, respectively. In May, Governor Daniels also awarded the DamageWise program a Public Service Achievement Award.


  1. DamageWise: Approximately 4,000 motor vehicle crashes each year damage state property such as guardrails, cable barriers, signs, bridges, pavement, traffic signals and lighting structures. Reimbursement for repair costs has doubled after implementation of best practices identified in a joint research project with Purdue University. In Fiscal Year 2012, INDOT recovered $3.81 million.


  1. I-69 Kitchen Table Meetings: Interstate 69 construction between Evansville and Indianapolis is breaking records for speed of development and construction. To prepare for the accelerated schedule, INDOT began offering “kitchen table meetings” in which customer service representatives provided property owners with information about the land acquisition process. Nearly all property owners accepted offers for the personalized meetings, resulting in field work being completed in a safer, more efficient and customer-oriented manner with fewer adverse impacts.


  1. Alternative Fuel Vehicles: In response to fluctuating gas prices, INDOT converted nearly 600 of its vans and pickup trucks to run on cleaner-burning, domestic propane. INDOT owns the largest statewide network of 115 propane fueling sites, allowing fuel to be purchased in bulk at half the cost of regular unleaded.


These programs – and dozens like them now adopted or in various stages of adoption – are illustrative of a fundamentally new approach in how INDOT conducts its business. For more information about INDOT, please visit or follow us at

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Name: Will Wingfield
Phone: 317-233-4675
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