February 23, 2016
   Contact: Denise Donohue, CAE, APR
   Phone: 517.482.1189
   Cell: 517.896.7077

Road Commission for Oakland County’s Tom Blust named CRA Urban 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 Road Commission for Oakland County’s (RCOC) engineering director Tom Blust, PE, has won Urban Engineer of the Year.
Blust has been with the Road Commission of Oakland County since 1992, serving as director of engineering since 1999.
Since taking on the mantel of Engineering Director, Blust has overseen up to $50 million of construction and design in his career.  He has led RCOC through a variety of challenges from paving gravel roads to the development of six-lane boulevards and multi-span bridges.
Blust’s most recent success, the Northwestern Connector, is the capstone to decades of planning and includes participation, funding and cooperation from the Michigan Department of Transportation, Oakland County, the City of Farmington Hills and the township of West Bloomfield.
“I've always felt very good about being in public service,” Blust said upon learning of the award. “Going to bed at night and feeling like you've done something for the betterment of society is something I cherish. Working for the road commission is a noble and great profession."
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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