It is with a heavy heart that I read the AASHTO announcement that Jim McMinimee, one of my newsmakers in 2009, died May 10. He was a passionate advocate of accelerated bridge techniques, alternative project delivery methods and an alumnus of the Utah Dept. of Transportation, one of the most innovative and forward-thinking DOTs out there.

Jim was also laid-back, fun, personable and friendly. We often hung out at TRB or International Bridge Conference meetings, having dinner or drinks. The last time I saw him, at last year's IBC, was after he'd texted me to come join him and a group of friends at the hotel bar. It was people like Jim who helped me network with the bridge world and learn about the innovative things being attempted.

The IBC meeting is next month, and it just won't be the same without Jim there. Only 51. Much too young for this husband, father, colleague and champion of bridge construction.

Jim is terribly missed. :(

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