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Lifetime Achievement Award
2018 Recipient

Dave Leftwich

Leftwich grew up on a farm near Hansboro, ND, and graduated from Rolla High School in 1969. He earned his B.S. in civil engineering from NDSU in 1973 and went to work for the North Dakota State Highway Department in June of that same here. He went back to NDSU in 1981 and graduated with a M.S. in civil engineering in 1983 and returned to the NDDOT. He was a registered engineer and registerd land surveyor in North Dakota. Leftwich worked in various divisions of the North Dakota Department of Transportation. He spent much of his career at NDDOT with the Local Government Division where he was relentless at project development, streamlining and advocating local transportation, including improvement of rural roads and railroad crossings, urban streets, transit, pedestrians trails and sidewalks, multi-use trails and access to lakes. He created a high level of customer service and care within the division.

Dave also served as Deputy Director for Business Support for NDDOT where he coordinated the business operations of the department. After his retirement from NDDOT in 2013, Dave was asked by Governor Dalrymple and NDDOT to assist with the complex transportation issues evolving around energy development in western North Dakota. As Western North Dakota Transportation Liaison, Dave regularly met with county and city staff and commissioners to explain how they could navigate the complex world of transportation planning, budgeting, design and project delivery. He and his wife, Jackie, live in Bismarck.

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