Maybe it's her training as a runner, but it is clear Susan Martinovich is a woman in a hurry—both as the chief, since 2007, of Nevada's $800-million-a-year transportation department and, in her role that ended in November, as the first female president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
Martinovich has implemented construction management-at-risk and is pursuing public-private partnerships. She has won kudos for her partnering approach with contractors, which has dramatically cut project disputes and lawsuits. "We shouldn't put all the risk on contractors. We're partners," says Martinovich. That mentality led to a multistate AASHTO initiative last year to develop a multimodal master plan for the 840-mile I-15 corridor. She terms it "an asset of enormous value to the west for improved mobility and economic growth."
Martinovich's race for change brought results. "Susan recommended that we hold innovation summits, which is a great idea that we're working to implement," says Federal Highway Administrator Victor M. Mendez.