Despite 4 years of diverting rush-hour traffic and obstructing Salt Lake City's main freeway with orange barrels and construction equipment, Utah's Department of Transportation boasts a 75% public approval rating. This remarkable accomplishment is a testament to the largest highway design-build project ever awarded to a single contractor having been finished under budget and ahead of schedule. People with vision and dedication are always found behind such impressive results. This is true in the reconstruction of I-15, a massive rebuilding of a deteriorating urban interstate in preparation for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
Even with such enviable public ratings, engineers at the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) remain humble. Transportation engineers invariably give credit to their teammates: the contractor staff or co-workers. It's always the "other guy" who deserves the credit. Perhaps this is UDOT's secret to success: they are team players, even when their quarterback delivers a new and untried game plan for the championship event.