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Gary Osminski of Huron County Road Commission awarded CRA Rural Engineer of the Year
Gary Osminski, PE, county highway engineer of Huron County Road Commission (HCRC), has been recognized by the County Road Association (CRA) of Michigan as the 2016 CRA Rural Engineer of the Year.
“Michigan’s county road agencies employ some of the best talent,” said Denise Donohue, director of the County Road Association of Michigan. “We are honored that Gary Osminski is one of those talents that we formally acknowledge and recognize for his dedication towards safe and efficient roads in Michigan.”
Osminski has been with HCRC since 2001, appointed by the Huron County Road Commission as both the county engineer and deputy drain commissioner. He uses engineering practices to improve Huron County’s 1,278 miles of county local roads and 169 bridges. He also has a knack for coaching, helping to educate townships officials and others on financing road projects, according to HCRC management.
Osminski’s leadership was apparent in the $3 million Pigeon Restoration Project, which reduced flooding of three bridge locations and improved the tributary drainage system. He also oversaw completion of the 2014-2015 Caseville County Park camper lot reconfigurations which improved traffic flow, added 29 camp sites and revised electric, sewer and water services to all effected lots. Osminski serves CRA as the vice chairman of the Blue Water Highway Council as well.
Prior to his employment at Huron County Road Commission, Osminski operated his own engineering firm- Osminski and Associates- for 15 years, where he specialized in the design of sanitary and storm sewers, water supplies, county drains, site design and land development.
Before striking out on his own, Osminski built a decade of experience with a small firm known as K. Don Williamson in Harbor Beach, Mich. Osminskiholds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University.
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.