Kirk Steudle, senior vice president for Intelligent Transportation Systems at Econolite; a California-based traffic management company, Oct. 8 was honored with the George S. Bartlett Award.

The Bartlett Award has been conferred annually since 1931 to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to advancing highway construction, preservation, and modernization practices. The recipient is selected jointly by ARTBA, the American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and the Transportation Research Board (TRB).

Steudle spent 31 years at the Michigan Department of Transportation where from 2006 to 2018 he served as its director; overseeing a $5 billion budget and 2,700 employees. Steudle’s distinguished career also includes serving as AASHTO’s 2011-2012 president and TRB’s 2014 chairman.

Other recent Bartlett winners include, in 2015, ARTBA Foundation Trustee Charles F. Potts, chairman of the board of Indianapolis-based Heritage Construction and Materials and the associations’s 2008 chairman; and, in 2016, David Gehr, senior vice president at WSP USA and former ARTBA executive committee member.