August 26, 2011
Darlene Goehl, a Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) pavement engineer, was
recently named the winner of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation
Officials (AASHTO) 2011 President’s Transportation Award for exemplary service to
Goehl, a Bryan District employee, won the national transportation award specifically for her role as project director on a joint Texas Tech University and TxDOT-sponsored research project to investigate possible cost-saving measures for pavement preservation. The purpose of the statewide research initiative was to examine the use of ultra-high water pressure (water blasting) to reduce a condition called “flushing” (caused by too much asphalt) and restore road texture without major reconstruction.