HPTE’s Michael Cheroutes receives prestigious 2014 Infrastructure Leader of the Year Award

October 29, 2014 - Statewide Transportation Plan - DENVER – The Colorado Department of Transportation and the High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE) today proudly announce that HPTE Director Michael Cheroutes received the 2014 Infrastructure Leader of the Year Award at the 6th North American Strategic Infrastructure Leadership Forum.

Cheroutes was recognized at the forum, hosted by CG/LA Infrastructure, in Washington, D.C.

“We are proud of the work that Mike has done to improve Colorado’s transportation,” Don Hunt, CDOT Executive Director said. “This award recognizes Mike’s strong vision and commitment to innovation to advance Colorado’s transportation infrastructure. The US 36 project’s benefits are already being realized through construction jobs, workforce training that are building a multi-modal transportation system that will allow this corridor to be economically viable for now and for future growth.”

The leadership award is presented to visionaries who have shown extraordinary innovation in advancing strategic infrastructure. The forum recognized projects, industry leaders and experts dedicated to efficiently moving the top 100 projects in North America forward.

“Mike is a visionary public servant who has vigorously advanced transportation in Colorado and the US.  We are honored to have benefited from his leadership and proud to recognize him with this award,” CG/LA President and CEO, Norman Anderson said.

Cheroutes led the HPTE and CDOT effort on the US 36 Express Lanes project, viewed nationally as a model for combining roadway and transit improvements. Cheroutes has led the HPTE since 2010, and prior to that was an attorney in private practice, with over forty years of government and project finance experience. His legal experience includes public private partnerships for infrastructure projects in the US and overseas, the groundbreaking financings for the E-470 and NW Parkway toll roads, and for the construction of Denver International Airport.

CG/LA Infrastructure Inc. is a nonpartisan, global consulting firm founded in 1987 and based in Washington, D.C. CG/LA Infrastructure provides a forum and network for the visionary leaders who bring the creativity, innovation and imagination necessary to build the public and private infrastructure projects for the future. For more information about CG/LA, please visit www.cg-la.com.

​The HPTE operates as a government-owned, independent business within CDOT. It searches out innovative ways to finance projects to help Colorado fulfill its commitment to increase travel choices through options that include Express lanes, transit, biking, walking and carpooling. For more information on the HPTE, visit www.coloradohpte.com.