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Note: Nominations will be acceptec through midnight December 18, 2013

Subject: ACTION: FHWA 2014 Excellence in Utility Awards Date: September 26, 2013
From: /s/ Original signed by:
Walter C. Waidelich, Jr.
Associate Administrator for Infrastructure
Reply to Attn. of: HIPA-20
To: Directors of Field Services
Federal Lands Highway Division Engineers
Director of Technical Services
Division Administrato

The FHWA is pleased to announce that the 2014 Excellence in Utility Awards Program is now accepting nominations. This biennial awards program recognizes innovative utility relocation and accommodation practices and showcases outstanding utility programs, initiatives, technologies and projects. This program also recognizes individuals who have significantly enhanced how their organization or agency relocates or accommodates utilities on surface transportation improvement projects.

The division offices are asked to encourage their partners, State, local and private sector associates to submit entries for this year's awards. Nominations must include the nomination form, a written endorsement by a State Department of Transportation (DOT), and one photograph. These items will be accepted through December 2, 2013.

Awards will be presented in the following five categories:

  • Project Development - demonstrating the ability to plan and design surface transportation projects involving complex utility coordination.
  • Construction Management - recognizing creative solutions to utility related challenges encountered during project construction.
  • Innovation - rewarding the ability to incorporate new technologies or processes to enhance utility related projects, or an organizations' utility coordination program.
  • Incentives for Utility Relocation - demonstrating the benefits of using incentives to relocate and accommodate utilities.
  • Utility Program Leadership - recognizing individuals or teams that have sustained achievement in the areas of utility programs, policies or initiatives that have advanced or led innovative or new utility accommodation and relocation practices or provided lasting contributions to an agency or the highway and utility communities.

Anyone may nominate an individual, team, process, initiative or surface transportation project located on the National Highway System or that used federal highway funding between October 1, 2011 and September 30, 2013. The State DOT endorsement may be in the form of a State DOT letter, memo or email submitted with the nomination form. Division offices will be afforded an opportunity to provide comments for award selections that are received within their State. Award winners will be recognized during AASHTO's Right-of-Way and Utility Conference to be held April 27-30, 2014, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

A judging panel made up from a variety of organizational backgrounds (e.g., FHWA, State DOTs, local agencies, academia, and private contractors) will be established. Anyone interested in serving on the judge's panel should contact Ken Leuderalbert at The judging of award nominations will be performed electronically and by conference call, eliminating the need for judges to travel.

For more information on the 2014 Excellence in Utility Awards program, including instructions and the nomination form, please see or contact Mr. Ken Leuderalbert at

This collection of information is voluntary and will be used to accept nominations for the collection for FHWA's Excellence in Right-of-Way Awards Program and Utility Relocation and Accommodation Awards. Program Public reporting burden is estimated to average 6 hours per response, including the time for reviewing instructions searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. Please note that an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. The OMB control number for this collection is 201307-2125-001. Send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden to: Michael Howell Information Collection Clearance Officer, Federal Highway Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20590.

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