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Ryan Minkus of Road Commission of Kalamazoo County awarded CRA Urban Engineer of the Year
Ryan Minkus, PE, county engineer for the Road Commission of Kalamazoo County (RCKC), has been recognized by the County Road Association (CRA) of Michigan as the 2016 CRA Urban Engineer of the Year.
“It’s often said that a company’s employees are its greatest assets,” said Denise Donohue, director of the County Road Association of Michigan. “Professionals like Ryan Minkus of the Road Commission of Kalamazoo County let their work speak for them, and that work ensures Michigan residents can travel on safe roads and bridges.”
Promoted to county engineer in 2015, Minkus assists in the design, implementation and inspection of roads and bridges, approving all plat construction plans for Kalamazoo County and overseeing the storm water program. He was instrumental in several 2015 public safety projects including substructure repairs for roads.
Minkus represents RCKC on the Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study Technical Committee, Safety Subcommittee and Congestion Mitigation Air Quality Subcommittee. He also assists the Capstone Student Design Projects at Western Michigan University.
Before becoming county engineer, Minkus was entrusted as the project engineer to ensure project compliance with road commission standards, acting as a liaison for contractors, developers and the general public as well as overseeing the inspection of multiple road construction activities vital to the safety of drivers in Kalamazoo County.
Prior to his employment with the RCKC, Minkus was employed as a civil engineer with Progressive AE for 14 years. He is not only a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) but is also a certified Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE). A Civil Engineering alumnus of Michigan State University, he found his start as a seasonal worker with the Kent County Road Commission for several summers.
The 83 members of the County Road Association of Michigan represent the unified voice for a safe and efficient county transportation infrastructure system in Michigan, including appropriate stewardship of the public’s right-of-way in rural and urban Michigan. Collectively, Michigan’s county road agencies manage 75 percent of all roads in the state, including 90,000 miles of roads and 5,700 bridges. County road agencies also maintain the state’s highway system in 64 counties. Michigan has the nation’s fourth-largest local road system.