By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA
Long time national and state transportation infrastructure leader Harry A. Lindberg, 95, died at his home in Plymouth, Minnesota, Dec. 24, 2018. Lindberg was ARTBA’s executive vice president from 1978 to 1984.
Following decorated service in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, Lindberg started his career as a highway engineer in Minnesota for the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads, which later became the Federal Highway Administration. He retired from the agency as the associate administrator for Engineering and Traffic Operations after 29 years of service and joined ARTBA as its number two executive.
Lindberg left ARTBA to become executive director of its state affiliate, the Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association (WTBA). He led WTBA for 12 years, permanently retiring in 1996. Lindberg is largely credited, on behalf of the Wisconsin chapter through ARTBA, in getting the concept of a federal “minimum guarantee” to states placed in federal highway program authorization law. He and his late wife, Phyllis, regularly attended ARTBA events. Lindberg was the recipient of the 1994 ARTBA Award.
He will be buried in May at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery in St. Paul. ARTBA extends its condolences to his surviving family members and friends.