August 6, 2019 -- Charles "Chuck" G. Bergmann of Kimball Township has received the 2019 Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Director's Award - the department's highest employee honor for outstanding service. MDOT established the annual award more than 30 years ago to recognize those who exhibit leadership and exemplary public service.
"Chuck's passion in promoting and advancing work zone safety is an excellent example of MDOT employees' innovative spirit and focus on public safety," said State Transportation Director Paul C. Ajegba. "Director's Award recipients like Chuck stand out because they are nominated by fellow MDOT staff for this special recognition."
Bergmann, honored in the technical category, has been instrumental in the adoption of wet reflective pavement markings in work zones. After driving though many work zones across the state, Bergmann noticed that the pavement marking material used previously was difficult to see during rainy nights. After researching various materials, he presented a statewide case that the value of the wet reflective pavement markings far outweighed the cost. Due to his persistence, MDOT now requires all temporary pavement markings to be wet reflective in work zones, the first state to hold this standard for all work zones.
The Director's Award program represents the various work categories within the department. While MDOT employees nominate their peers, committees comprised of workers from each category make the final recommendations to the department.