Take the leap of faith—nominate your road project for our 2012 Top 10 list today

Jobs of all sizes can land the honor, as long as the challenges stretch long enough

Blog Entry June 04, 2012

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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I have the vertical leap of an elephant. OK, maybe it is not that bad, but the shortcoming was severe enough growing up that—at 6-6—I could not dunk a basketball.


My 6-year-old son could be anchored down by the same syndrome, but he just might be able to bend the rim flat-footed. And this is not a biased parent talking here, either. He will not turn seven until early November, and he already comes up to my armpit. His younger sister and brother also are showing signs of being the Godzilla of their class, and while some men have trouble dealing with the fact that their offspring will someday physically look down on them, I am looking forward to it.


There has not been a day, not even a minute, when I have regretted being tall.

However, I do have an appreciation for the smaller packages in life. When I created ROADS & BRIDGES’ Top 10 lists years ago, I wanted to give projects that had to jump up to be recognized the chance to go toe to toe with the big boys. I can proudly say that we have been able to uphold that purpose. Each year, we have two or three, and maybe more, which come in at under $20 million, are less than 2 miles long, but the challenges behind these projects are incredibly huge.


The deadline for submitting road projects for Top 10 Roads consideration is June 18, and I want all those big and small to take their shot—whether it requires a leap or not. If the complexity is there, any project has the chance to be at the head of the class. All it takes is a short dose of your time. Go to here and submit your project today. Be sure to include all of the project challenges to give your job a chance, and I hope to have the chance to contact you in the very near future. Just do not ask me if I can dunk a basketball. I get enough of those questions.

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