An article originally published in Daily Commercial News. The Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA) has presented its 2011 distinguished service award to Peter Wehmeyer, president of Hamilton’s Direct Traffic Management Inc. The award recognizes a volunteer who has demonstrated “an extraordinary commitment” to the association’s objectives.
Early in the summer of 2010, the association was looking for an expert in the area of traffic control to help in an upcoming review of the Ontario Traffic Manual’s Book 7, essentially a specification for setting up temporary road works such as cones and signs.
ORBA’s occupational health and safety committee recruited Wehmeyer to work with the Ministry of Transportation’s (MTO) technical advisory committees that were conducting a full review of Book 7.
“Peter wasn’t even an ORBA member at the time but he accepted the challenge,” executive director Rob Bradford told the association’s 85th annual convention.
The ministry subsequently decided to work directly with ORBA on a detailed review of all of the typical layouts for various road and traffic situations “and again we went to Peter.” Wehmeyer agreed to coordinate ORBA’s input.
“I’m sure he didn’t know what he was getting himself into at the time,” Bradford said.
From February through April of last year, Wehmeyer took charge of the ORBA volunteers involved in the review.
He personally chaired half-day meetings every second week to review typical layouts.
“There are 82 existing layouts that were dealt with in detail and additional ones that had to be created to recognize Ontario’s growing interest in traffic roundabouts,” Bradford said.
A draft of the revised manual is expected to be available early this year.
The award was presented at the president’s dinner at the association’s convention.
by PATRICIA WILLIAMS
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