UDOT’S Deputy Director has won an award for contributing to AASHTO’s mission to provide technical assistance to state departments of transportation.  

Carlos Braceras

Carlos Braceras, Utah Department of Transportation Deputy Director has earned the President’s Special Award of Merit for serving as AASHTO secretary/treasurer and working on several committees, all while maintaining excellence throughout his career at UDOT. The award, established in 1979, is given each year to recognize contributions made to the work of the association.

Since joining UDOT in 1986, Braceras has served as the chief geotechnical engineer, the chief value engineer, and the Region 2 roadway design engineer. He also was UDOT’s Region 3 director, and he worked on the Legacy Parkway/Interstate 15 North Project, where he was responsible for development of the environmental documents, design/build contracts, and construction management.

Braceras currently serves as chairman of the Subcommittee on Maintenance and is a member of four other committees. He leads the Advisory Board for the AASHTO Center of Environmental Excellence and is a member of its Steering Committee on Context-Sensitive Design.

In 1998, he was named “State of Utah Governor’s Manager of the Year” and received the “UDOT Leader of the Year” award.

A “catalyst for organizational and technical excellence,” AASHTO’s goals are to support transportation as a national priority, advocate and communicate with policy makers and the public, to provide world-class technical services and to assist state DOT’s in achieving excellent leadership and high performance.

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