INDOT Receives AASHTO President's Award for Implementing DamageWise Program

Event Date: November 18, 2012
Abby Weingardt and Kirk Steudle, 2012 AASHTO President and Michigan Department of Transportation Director
INDOT employees receiving 2012 Governor's Public Sector Achievement Award
On November 18, 2012, INDOT Legislative Affairs Director Abby Weingardt accepted the AASHTO President's Award for Performance Excellence at the AASHTO Annual Meeting held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (top photo). The award was accepted on behalf of INDOT's DamageWise Program.

Each year, approximately 4,000 drivers damage infrastructure located along Indiana highways. This infrastructure includes guardrail, cable barriers, crash attenuators, lighting structures, signs, bridges, culverts, fences, traffic signals, pavement, and roadway drainage. INDOT deployed a state-wide crash damage tagging, management and invoicing system that associates crash-damaged infrastructure to a police crash report and seeks reimbursement. The DamageWise program was initiated by INDOT based on JTRP research recommendations from SPR-3411 "Recovering Full Repair Costs of INDOT Infrastructure Damaged by Motor Vehicle Crashes."

As a result of the INDOT DamageWise program, reimbursement for repairing infrastructure damaged by motor vehicles has more than doubled to more than $4 million per year. Also, the state's ability to collect on invoices has increased from 63 percent in FY 2010 to 85 percent in FY 2012. This impact resulted in an additional award presented on May 7, 2012 to fifteen INDOT employees (bottom photo). They received the 2012 Governor's Public Sector Achievement Award for implementing the JTRP research recommendations from SPR-3411.

Additional articles and recognition for the DamageWise program can be found at:

Channel 13 News

Indiana Economic Digest

Fox 59 News

Lafayette Journal and Courier

Indiana Business Journal

More Information | The JTRP project principal investigator was Prof. Darcy Bullock. Dr. Shou Li served as the INDOT Project Administrator. A link to the JTRP Report that INDOT used as a basis for developing their implementation plan is located at

About AASHTO | AASHTO is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing highway and transportation departments in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Its primary goal is to foster the development, operation, and maintenance of an integrated national transportation system.