Honoring road work

MUNISING – Alger County Road Commission Engineer-Manager Robert Lindbeck was recently named Rural Engineer of the Year by the County Road Association of Michigan.

Lindbeck was presented the award Feb. 12 at an annual county engineers’ workshop in downstate Manistee. He will represent Michigan in a nationwide selection of the National Association of County Engineers’ Rural Engineer of the Year Award.

“I am honored to have been selected as Rural Engineer of the Year and feel fortunate to be a part of the County Road Association,” Lindbeck said. “Road commission engineers and managers are very dedicated toward Michigan’s road and bridge systems and I am proud to be included in the organization.”

His selection will be celebrated in a reception Monday in Munising that is open to invited road commission employees, township officials and local professionals. Lindbeck was nominated by the Alger County Road Commission Board for the award.

He has served the county since 2005.

“He is responsible for administering policies and programs related to the operations of the road commission. Engineering is an integral part of management in rural road commissions,” the recommendation stated. “The Alger County Road Commission Board believes that his engineering background, management experience and positive attitude provide the ideal combination of attributes for a rural county engineer.”

The board recommendation highlighted several project achievements of the agency that Lindbeck was involved with, including reconstruction of 19 miles of Alger County Highway 58, a 13-mile project on Alger County Road 440 and efforts resulting in 75 percent of the county’s eight townships generating funding to aid completion of road improvement projects.

“Construction, financing and preservation of our (road) system continues to improve with the many achievements of Mr. Lindbeck,” the recommendation stated.

The County Road Association of Michigan and the National Association of County Engineers also select an Engineer of the Year in the urban category. Rural engineers represent counties with populations no greater than 100,000. Urban engineers represent communities above 100,000 residents.

The national award, which is scored, is presented at the association’s annual meeting “For the application of efficient engineering management principles and standards for the economic design, construction, maintenance and operation of public works facilities as approved and published by the National Association of County Engineers Management Research Project Manuals and Guides.”

The national association is a non-profit, non-partisan organization with a membership totaling nearly 2,000 county engineers, road managers and related professionals in the U.S. and Canada, according to the group’s website.

The association said nationwide, local roads account for about 75 percent of highways and roads and more than 231,000 bridges are owned by counties.

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206. His email address is jpepin@miningjournal.net.