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Streamlining and Integration Award

Virginia Department of Transportation

This Award recognized the efforts of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) in identifying the critical elements for the success of the Town of Grundy Project.

Major flooding occurred in the Town of Grundy, located in Southwestern Virginia in 1937, 1957, 1977 and 1984. Because the flood of 1977 nearly destroyed the Town and there was a threat of future flood damage, many businesses did not reopen and the building that housed those businesses was abandoned. It was eventually decided that the best solution was to relocate most of the town to a higher elevation. The Grundy Flood Control Project was a collaborative effort between the VDOT, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Town of Grundy.

This project displaced 74 families, numerous businesses and non-profit organizations which represented 90 percent of the functional portion of Grundy. The relocations included the police department, town and governmental offices, educational facilities, law firms, automobile dealerships, churches, supporting commercial businesses and families.

A critical element for the success of this project involved overcoming the stigma of change compounded by years of planning and continuous construction delays. The atmosphere of apprehension was overcome through the development of business relationships, town meetings, and the partnership between the Town of Grundy, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and VDOT.


Curt Jackson, Jack Barrow, Michael Black, Celeste Matney, and Sandy Smith.

Key Staff:

Tampa Bay Engineering Group, John McCracken and Associates and Chuck Crabtree.

Streamlining and Integration Honorable Mention Award

Texas Department of Transportation

This Honorable Mention Award recognizes the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), The Turnpike Right-of-Way Authority Division, HDR Engineering (Teri Morgan) and PBS&J (John P. Hearn).

This Award recognizes the largest transportation design build project in the Nation at this time. The decision to create an all-inclusive transportation discipline system, such as the Central Texas Turnpike Project Office (CTTP) for this project and include representatives from the Texas Attorney General's office and the Federal Highway Administration helped integrate and streamline the processes. This streamlined process helped minimize the impacts of issues that could have affected delivery and construction schedules and helped avoid possible delay penalties in the amount of $50,000 per day.

Under TxDOT's watchful eye, more than 2,000 public-private professionals have lent their expertise on these projects. Due to local participation in the amount of $220 million for right-of-way acquisition, The Texas Turnpike Authority partnered with the Local Public Agencies to review and comment on appraisals and to attend Administrative Settlement meetings.


Donald C. Toner, Jr., Kerry Fulton, SR/WA, Teri Morgan, SR/WA, John P. Hearn and John Breed.

Updated: 9/5/2014
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