2024 Hall of Fame Inductees

Steve Waddle, hall of fame winner

Steve Waddle

Steve Waddle spent 27 years with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), where he retired as State Highway Engineer. During his time as State Highway Engineer, KYTC routinely delivered a annual construction and design programs valued at $1 billion and $180 million, respectively.

At KTYC, Waddle served as a Construction Liaison for much of the Appalachian Development Highway System in Eastern Kentucky — a multi-year $2 billion project encompassing new construction of over 450 miles of new four-lane highway through very rough terrain in eastern Kentucky. He also served as a Construction Liaison for the William H. Harsha Bridge over the Ohio River in Maysville, Kentucky and as Project Engineer for 30 miles of new construction along the US-127 corridor in central Kentucky. He was also the State Highway Engineer when the Cabinet procured its largest design-build project as part of the $2.6 billion Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project in collaboration with the Indiana Department of Transportation.

During Waddle’s career, he earned many awards and served the industry in many facets. He also served as Director of Construction Procurement, Executive Director of Project Delivery, and Executive Director of Project Development. Of note, Waddle received the Alfred E. Johnson Award and the Meritorious Service Award from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). He served on AASHTO’s Standing Committee on Highways for seven years and the Standing Committee on Research for two years. Waddle earned a BS and MS in Civil Engineering from University of Kentucky, as well as a MA in Religious Education from Andersonville Theological Seminary.