The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) and Korea Road Association hosted a ceremony to mark the 31st Road Day anniversary at The K Hotel & Resort in Seoul on July 7.
The anniversary event coincided with a seminar on road policies.
Road Day falls on July 7 to celebrate the opening of the Gyeongbuk (Seoul-Busan) Expressway, which served as a driving force behind the development the national economy and industrial growth.
Road Day has been observed every day since 1992 to imbue those in the transportation and road industry with self-respect and promote the development of the road industry.
The 2022 anniversary event took place under the theme “Korean Roads Toward the Future along with People,” designed to give a sense of pride to those in the road industry and convey shared growth with people.
Among those on hand at the anniversary event were 2nd MOLIT Vice Minister Eo Myeong-so, Chairman Kim Jin-suk of the Korea Road Association, concurrently president of Korea Expressway Corp. (KEC).
Sixty-two people and organizations were honored with government orders and medals as well as the MOLIT minister’s prizes in recognition for their contribution to the development of the road and traffic sectors.
2nd Vice Minister Eo Myeong-so and government prize winners who were honored in recognition of the development of the development of the road and traffic sectors pose at the Road Day anniversary event. (Photos: MOLIT)
In particular, the coveted Order of Industry Merit Service, Bronze Tower went to Senior Executive Vice President Eom Ho-cheon of Dongil Engineering Consultants in recognition for his meritorious achievements related to a PPP project of the Pyeongtaek-Buyeo-Iksan expressway and the Samjahyeon Tunnel project in Cheongsong, Gyeongsangbuk-do.
Innercon President Yoon Yoo-hyun and Shin Dong-hee, head of the Planning Division at Korea Expressway Corp., were presented with the Industrial Medal.
Five people and organizations, including Dasan Consultants, received the presidential prize while six people, including Executive Vice President Park Young-sang of Kyong Dong Engineering Co., were honored with the prime minister’s prize.
The anniversary event was followed by a seminar on road policies under the theme “Future Road Changes Coupled with Mobility Innovation.”
Experts participating in the seminar discussed topics such as transportation system responses to future mobility changes, hardware-as-a-service (HaaS) and deep underground roads offering underground mobility services.
The seminar also served as an opportunity for experts and people with the industry to share on plans on how to cope with rapid recent changes of the mobility environment and the direction of related roles.
An awards ceremony took place for winning entries in the 3rd Safe Road Contest, jointly hosted by MOLIT, the Ministry of the Interior and Safety, and the National Police Agency.
The contest was designed to raise and spread awareness toward safe roads, effective for reducing pedestrians.
Awards were presented to six winners out of a combined 61 entries – six winning entries in the idea category and three winners each in the design planning and good practice categories The grand prizes went to Park Sun-so, Seoul City Hall team and Hanam City Hall team.
MOLIT Vice Minister Eo extended thanks to people in the road and transportation industries for their efforts in Korea and overseas.
He called for the implementation of road policies designed to meet users’ needs, based on future moving patterns, such as the spreading of mobility and conducive to the nurturing of new industries.