Bryan, Tx- Dale Picha, Director of Traffic and Transportation for the City of Bryan, was awarded the "Greater Brazos Valley Excellence in Transportation Award" at the 16th Annual Transportation and Infrastructure Summit in Irving, Texas.
This annual award is given to honor the top transportation leader in the Brazos Valley area. Picha was selected for his outstanding management of traffic and transportation in Bryan, and his contributions to solving transportation issues statewide.
"When I have a question about transportation, whether it's roads, rail or air, Dale is my first stop for answers," said Ann Horton, City of Bryan councilmember. "He is not content to make do with just the resources we have: he makes our city revenue go further by finding additional funding for projects. I congratulate him on this honor; he is definitely an asset to the City of Bryan and he makes us proud!"
The Irving Transportation Summit draws transportation and water leaders to discuss policy issues on airports, highways, bridges, high-speed trains, buses and critical infrastructure needs such as water supplies.
"The significance of this award shows that we are making some progress for improving transportation in our area, " said Picha. "We have been able to implement a lot of new traffic signal technologies in our major corridors like Texas Avenue and Briarcrest Drive to hopefully make these roadways safer and more efficient."
Among the new projects is the implementation of Flashing Yellow Arrows (FYA) signals on Briarcrest Drive in Bryan. FYAs are traffic signal displays that provide a safer, more efficient left turn for motorists. This work is part of a $5 million TxDOT project on Briarcrest Drive that also includes turn lanes, center median, sidewalks and new traffic signals at several intersections.
The Summit is also examining the feasibility of high-speed trains and where they should be built to serve areas such as the Brazos Valley, Bryan-College Station area. Over 600 elected officials and public leaders attended, with speakers from 14 states and eight countries.
"I really enjoy working with a lot of different local agencies, as well our consultants and vendors, to solve transportation problems," said Picha. "I think the vision of our Council and leaders has put Bryan on the map as a great place to live, work, raise a family, and, hopefully, all with a good transportation system."
The award was presented to Picha by Tim Welch, an officer of the Texas High-Speed Rail and Transportation Corporation, which the Brazos Valley officials led by John Happ helped start in 2000, with the goal of connecting the I-35 corridor (Dallas to San Antonio) through College Station to Houston.