February 23, 2016
   Contact: Denise Donohue, CAE, APR
   Phone: 517.482.1189
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Houghton County Road Commission’s John Cima named CRA Rural Engineer of the Year

Lansing, MI – The County Road Association (CRA) of Michigan has announced the winners of its annual 2015 Engineering Awards, and the Houghton County Road Commission’s (HCRC) assistant engineer John Cima, PE, has won Rural Engineer of the Year.
Cima has been with HCRC since 2005, and is currently serving as the agency’s assistant engineer. Prior to joining HCRC, Cima worked with the Michigan Department of Transportation for eight years.
Currently, Cima is involved in a project to connect a future road design to Michigan’s past, working to re-design and then reconstruct the entrance to the Keweenaw National Historical Park.
The project uses a combination of urban funding and a Michigan Transportation Economic Development Fund Category F grant. Cima has worked closely with the National Parks Service to collaborate on the project, exemplifying his stance on innovation and doing what it takes to improve Michigan’s roads.
“Fixing roads should not be a political decision,” Cima said. “Don't be afraid to give your opinion and try something new."
The 2015 Engineering Awards were conveyed during the 2016 County Engineers Workshop earlier this month.

The 83 members of the County Road Association represent the voice for a safe and efficient local road system in Michigan.  Together, they manage more than 73 percent of all roads in the state – more than 90,000 miles of roads – and 5700 bridges.  It is the fourth-largest county road system in the nation.
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