Local TxDOT Employee Presented Luther DeBerry Award


The 2014 Luther DeBerry Award was presented to Lance Simmons, Director of Operations for the Atlanta District of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) recently in College Station. The award is presented to TxDOT employees who show dedication, innovation and performance excellence in the field of transportation and is administered by the Texas Transportation Institute.

While serving previously as District Bridge Engineer in the Atlanta District, Simmons oversaw the $151 million construction project on Interstate 30 through Texarkana. The project filled gaps in the frontage road system, converted the frontage roads to one-way, and relocated roadways under overpasses to move traffic more smoothly and efficiently.

It was noted that Simmons has served as a mentor for many young engineers in the Atlanta District and can be found working around the clock during emergency weather events—coordinating workforce, supplies and materials.

The award is provided by funding established by Reagan Houston III, of San Antonio in honor of former TxDOT executive direction, Luther DeBerry. It is presented annually at the TxDOT Transportation Conference held at Texas A&M University in College Station.

PHOTO CUTLINE: Lance Simmons, of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Atlanta District, was presented the Luther DeBerry Award at the Transportation Conference in College Station on Oct. 14. This meritorious award is presented annually to a TxDOT employee showing outstanding achievements in the field of transportation. Pictured from left are: TxDOT Deputy Executive Director John Barton, Texas Transportation Commission Chair Ted Houghton, Simmons, Transportation Commission member Fred Underwood and TxDOT Executive Director Lt. Gen. J. F. Weber.

The Texas Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining 80,000 miles of road and for supporting aviation, rail, and public transportation across the state. TxDOT and its 12,000 employees are committed to working with others to provide safe and reliable transportation solutions for Texas by maintaining a safe system, addressing congestion, connecting Texas communities, and being a Best in Class state agency. Find out more at www.txdot.gov. “Like” us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/txdot ; and follow us on Twitter, www.twitter.com/txdot .

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