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If you have a Top 10 road candidate, no matter how small, you need a voice

June 24, 2013

We went 10 big.

When I first created the Top 10 Roads and Bridges list over a decade ago, we showcased the whoppers of the industry. In fact, the project with the word “big” in it was No. 1 (Boston’s Central Artery Tunnel—the Big Dig). Then I came up with a small tweak that meant a ton to many in our industry—I gave them a voice. After the first sets of Top 10s, we devised a nomination process, which allowed the engineer, contractor or project owner to fill out a form, and have their merits heard. This meant even the $1 million jobs had a chance to rub shoulders with the true construction giants. The reason was simple—the smaller versions need to overcome just as much to roll pavement through as the ones that command all of the headlines.

The deadline to be considered for this year’s Top 10 Roads list was June 21, and nominations coming from the ones buried a little deeper along the American landscape are small in number. Mixing up projects regardless of size, price tag and clout is what truly makes our Top 10 list the best in the marketplace. However, if we stop hearing from the $1 million types we may have to go back to highlighting the beasts. I am extending the nomination deadline to July 12. If you are involved in a project you think is worthy of making the Top 10 list, please take a few minutes and fill out a nomination form. To download a form, click here. Over the years, our Top 10 lists have received national acclaim from media outlets across the country, and we have been proud to say that our bunch are the best representation of the industry, because we carry both the large and the small.

When you do complete your nomination form, please be sure to include any project challenges involved in the work. When we review all of the hopefuls, complexity is what we focus in on—not the size or the price tag. Why? Because we want to go with the 10 best.

Bill Wilson
Bill Wilson
Bill Wilson

Bill Wilson is the editorial director of ROADS & BRIDGES magazine and has been covering the industry since 1999. He has won seven Robert F. Boger Awards for editorial excellence, including three in 2011. He also was the creator of the Top 10, Contractor's Choice Awards and Recycling Awards platforms, as well as ROADS & BRIDGES Live.

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