The Prudential-Davis Productivity Awards.
» Ramon Sierra, a project manager with the Department of Transportation in Fort Lauderdale, found a way to reduce the number of right-of-way parcels that the state would have to acquire for a roadway improvement project from six to just one. Estimated savings: $4.2 million
» Bryan Bradner, chief of real estate services for the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, developed a geographic information system to help the department map and track 150 office locations statewide and identify opportunities to consolidate office locations to reduce Division of Driver Licenses costs. Estimated savings: More than $900,000
» Four employees with the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles created a search tool for law enforcement that provides quick identification of vehicles described by witnesses. Before this tool was developed, police had to search through old data or submit a request to the department and wait up to 24 hours for an answer. Estimated savings: $277,000
» The EZ-Base Earthwork Stabilization Team, a 21-member team within the Department of Transportation in Jacksonville, discovered through research and testing that a coal-ash-limerock byproduct from a local coal-fired power plant is an acceptable substitute for conventional limerock as a stabilizing material in roadway subgrades. Obtaining the material from the Jacksonville Electric Authority is cheaper than trucking in limerock from a greater distance, says Larry Keen, who works in the Lake City Earthwork department of the DOT. Estimated savings: $557,236