Get Your Projects Ready for the 2015 America’s Transportation Awards Competition! Applications will be Accepted This Year in 2015. Stay Tuned for Updates!

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will be accepting your nominations for America’s  best transportation projects this year.

The competition recognizes the best transportation projects across the nation each year by state transportation departments. This year, we will recognize nominees in three categories:

  1. Under Budget—projects demonstrating transportation efficiency while promoting economic and fiscal responsibility. The award will go to projects delivered under budget and offer maximum performance.
  2. Best Use of Innovation—projects that showcase innovative management techniques and use of technology.
  3. Quality of Life/Community Development—a new category this year, here we honor projects that better connect people to their destinations and help grow communities. We are specifically looking for projects that enhance and support transit and non-motorized transportation.

In the past, states could each nominate two projects. This year, we encourage states to enter three projects each, and those states that enter one project in each category receive extra bonus points during the judging process, so be sure to take advantage of that new benefit!

Within those categories, projects are divided into three size groups: large (more than $200 million), medium ($26 million to $199 million), and small (less than $25 million). Projects first compete on a regional level (with regional winners announced throughout the summer), after which the 10 projects with the highest scores move on to compete for the national Grand Prize and the People’s Choice Award. The winners of those two top prizes are announced at the AASHTO Annual Meeting, held September 2015 in Chicago, IL.

Projects must have been substantially complete and open to use between Jan. 1, 2014 and Dec. 31, 2014, to be considered in this year’s contest. Questions may be directed to Zach O’Connor at ZOConnor AT aashto.org or 202-624-5838.

California, Florida DOTs Win America’s Top Transportation Awards

Tony Dorsey
202-624-3690
Monday, November 24, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce today announced that California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) earned the Grand Prize and the People’s Choice awards in the 2014 America’s Transportation Awards competition.

A record 73 transportation projects from 36 states and the District of Columbia were nominated in the 7th annual competition. The 10 projects that received the highest number of points in four regional competitions were in the running for the top prizes announced today, at the AASHTO Annual Meeting in Charlotte.

“There were many projects worthy of recognition in this year’s competition,” said Bud Wright, AASHTO executive director. “But the Caltrans and Florida DOT projects exemplify the best of the best. Their use of innovation and creative problem-solving improved the lives of the nearby communities and their economies. We sincerely tip our hats to all the hard working professionals who helped make these projects a reality.”

Caltrans’ San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge East Span project received the Grand Prize, determined by a panel of judges. The $6.3 billion project replaced a nearly 80-year-old structure with a new, modern bridge featuring advanced seismic response technology. The bridge, which was constructed to last more than 100 years, is designed to accommodate future expansions of light rail and other modes of transportation.

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FDOT’s Mathews Bridge Impact and Emergency Response Project earned more than 300,000 online votes, making it the winner of the People’s Choice Award. In September 2013, a vessel collided with the Mathews Bridge – causing $3.8 million in damage to the structure. FDOT’s emergency repair plan reopened the vital Jacksonville crossing to vehicle traffic only 33 days after the collision and 12 days ahead of schedule

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“AAA congratulates Caltrans and Florida DOT for these two award-winning projects that clearly illustrate the mobility and safety benefits gained from well planned and executed transportation projects,” said Jill Ingrassi, AAA managing director of government relations and traffic safety advocacy. “Shining a spotlight on projects like these that are under budget, innovative and add value to the community and quality of life reinforces how important transportation investment is to our daily lives.”

All of the projects in the competition were judged in three categories: “Under Budget,” “Best Use of Innovation,” and a new category this year “Quality of Life/Community Development.”

“The Chamber is proud to help highlight the creative and effective work being done around the country to improve America’s transportation and infrastructure systems,” said Janet Kavinoky, executive director of Transportation and Infrastructure at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “Projects like Caltrans’ and the Florida DOT’s are making a real difference in repairing and modernizing our nation’s infrastructure. Their positive impacts are evident and should serve as examples of the potential for innovation and improvement in other states and communities.”

The Grand Prize and People’s Choice award winners were presented with $10,000 cash prizes to be used to support a charity or transportation-related scholarship program of the agencies’ choosing.

America’s Top 10 Transportation Projects Competing for Two National Awards: 7th Annual Contest Sponsored by AASHTO, AAA and US Chamber of Commerce

WASHINGTON – The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce today announced the 2014 America’s Transportation Awards competition top 10 projects.

“While all 73 projects nominated deserve recognition for their contributions to improving transportation in America, these 10 remaining projects are the best of the best,” said Bud Wright, AASHTO executive director. “This competition recognizes excellence in project delivery. It’s about saving time and taxpayers’ money and improving the ability of people, manufacturers, farmers and service providers to move themselves and their goods, reliably, every day.”

This year, a record 36 states and the District of Columbia entered 73 projects that were judged in three categories: “Under Budget,” “Best Use of Innovation,” and a new category this year “Quality of Life/Community Development.”

The 10 finalists received the highest number of overall points during four regional competitions. The nation will decide through online voting which of the projects will receive the People’s Choice Award. A panel of experts will select the Grand Prize winner.

The Grand Prize and People’s Choice award winners will each earn a $10,000 donation from AASHTO on behalf of the winning state DOT to a charity or scholarship fund of its choosing. Both awards will be presented Nov. 23 at the AASHTO Annual Meeting in Charlotte.

Online voting begins today, Sept. 8, and will continue through Friday, Oct. 24, at http://AmericasTransportationAwards.org. Individuals are welcome to vote up to 10 times per day for their favorite projects.

The top 10 finalists in alphabetical order are:

  • California—San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge: California Department of Transportation’s $6.3 billion San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge project completely replaced a nearly 80-year-old structure with a new, modern bridge featuring advanced earthquake response technology. The bridge is also built to accommodate future expansions in light rail, bus, and other modes of transportation.
  • Colorado—September 2013 Flood Response: Colorado Department of Transportation’s $50 million quick and efficient response to damage caused by the major September 2013 floods greatly improved the lives of state residents. CDOT coordinated with the National Guard, local leaders and residents, and private contractors to reopen the last of the closed roadways in December 2013, just 10 weeks after the catastrophic event.
  • Florida—Mathews Bridge Impact & Emergency Repair Project: Florida DOT’s $3.8 million Mathews Bridge Impact and Emergency Repair Project required a fast and efficient fix for a major Jacksonville crossing that was struck by a naval ship. The bridge reopened for traffic 12 days ahead of schedule and only 33 days after the collision.
  • Illinois/Missouri—Mississippi River Bridge: Illinois and Missouri DOTs joined forces to complete the $229.5 million Mississippi River Bridge Project, a project to reduce congestion and improve safety for the St. Louis crossing. The project reduced delays and congestion for the nearly 120,000 daily commuters between St. Louis City, Missouri, and St. Clair County, Illinois. The project also saved $37 million in taxpayer funds.
  • Indiana—I-65/I-70 Split: Indiana Department of Transportation’s $12.4 million I-65/I-70 South Split Project increased safety by constructing the lower one-half mile of pavement beneath seven bridges. By reducing construction time from the typical 90 days down to 44 days, the project costs decreased from $20 million to $12.4 million, all while minimizing impacts to freight carriers and motorists.
  • New York—I-84 Bridges Replacement over Dingle Ridge Road: The $10.2 million project by NYSDOT replaced two deficient bridges on I-84, and utilized a new construction technique that reduced the two-year construction project to only two weekends and minimized delays on this major route between New York and Connecticut.
  • Ohio—U.S. Route 33 Nelsonville Bypass: Ohio Department of Transportation’s $200 million Nelsonville Bypass project relieved a major congestion problem for US 33 by constructing a four-lane bypass highway. Combined with other local road improvements, the project reduced travel time through the area by 30 minutes and offered a faster route through southeast Ohio.
  • Rhode Island—Pawtucket Bridge Replacement: RIDOT Pawtucket Bridge Replacement project restored full use of an essential interstate highway by replacing a deficient bridge. The bridge replacement on Interstate 95 made the roadway safer and was completed $46 million under its $123 million budget.
  • Texas—SH99/Grand Parkway Segment E: Texas Department of Transportation’s $320 million SH99/Grand Parkway, Segment E project represents the newest section of a planned 185-mile loop around the Houston metro region. Segment E improves system linkage within the existing transportation network and it will mitigate congestion on numerous roadway segments on the state’s “100 most congested” list.
  • Wyoming—Togwotee Trail to Yellowstone: Wyoming Department of Transportation’s $146.2 million Togwotee Trail to Yellowstone project increased safety and mobility by upgrading a 50-year-old road on a major route leading to Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park. New shoulders, passing lanes and upgraded bridges and parking facilities allow a safer trip through some of America’s most beautiful scenery.

Southeastern State Departments of Transportation are Honored for Innovative, Community-Focused, Cost-Saving Projects

NEW ORLEANS – Six transportation projects in the Southeastern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (SASHTO) region today received top honors in the America’s Transportation Awards competition for improving safety and mobility, reducing traffic congestion, excellence in emergency response and saving taxpayer dollars.

“This competition showcases the outstanding, innovative and diverse range of transportation projects that are improving travel and the quality of life in America, even during a time of funding uncertainty,” said Mike Hancock, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials president and secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. “This is an opportunity to recognize state DOTs for their hard work and incredible results and focus attention on the pressing need for Congress to pass a long-term surface transportation reauthorization bill that is supported by a sustainable source of funding.”

A record 37 states have entered 73 projects in this year’s America’s Transportation Awards competition, which is sponsored by AASHTO, AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Projects are evaluated in three categories: Under Budget, Best Use of Innovation, and Quality of Life/Community Development.

Eleven transportation projects were entered in the SASHTO competition. The following state DOT projects received regional awards:

In the Quality of Life/Community Development category Mississippi Department of Transportation‘s Sangani Boulevard expansion won as a small project (less than $25 million) and Florida Department of Transportation‘s Veteran’s Memorial Bridge replacement won as a medium project ($26 million-$199 million).

The Florida Department of Transportation‘s San Sebastian River Bridge project (small project) and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet‘s Interstate 65 Widening project (medium project) won in the Under Budget category.

The Florida Department of Transportation‘s Mathews Bridge Impact and Emergency Response project (small project) and North Carolina Department of Transportation‘s Charlotte Regional Intermodal Facility (medium project) were winners in the Best Use of Innovation category.

Today’s announcement of the SASHTO winners concludes the regional phase of the competition. On Sept. 8, AASHTO will announce the 10 regional projects that received the highest overall scores. Those ten projects will compete for the National Grand Prize and People’s Choice Award. The Grand Prize winner is selected by a panel of transportation experts. The People’s Choice Award is decided by online voting, which begins Sept. 8. The winners of both national awards will be announced in November, at the AASHTO Annual Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina. Each winning state DOT also will receive a $10,000 check to be donated to a transportation-related charity or scholarship program of its choosing.

Learn more about this year’s entries and cast your vote in the People’s Choice Award competition beginning on Sept. 8 at AmericasTransportationAwards.org.

Mid America States Recognized for Community-Focused, Cost Saving, Innovative Transportation Projects

INDIANAPOLIS – State transportation department projects that are improving safety across all travel modes, expanding mobility for communities, reducing congestion on roadways, and providing additional transportation options, all while saving taxpayer dollars and showcasing new innovations, were today named recipients of top honors in the mid America regional America’s Transportation Awards competition at the Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials 2014 annual meeting.

“The America’s Transportation Awards competition showcases the exceptional, innovative and diverse range of transportation projects by state transportation departments that are improving travel and the quality of life in America, even during a time of funding uncertainty,” said Mike Hancock, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials president and secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. “These awards not only give state DOTs recognition for their hard work and incredible results, but also highlight the need for stability as the federal Highway Trust Fund continues its decline toward critical levels. These projects reflect a commitment to the nation’s future and the need for continued investment in the transportation systems upon which we all depend.”

Now in its seventh year, the America’s Transportation Awards competition – sponsored by AASHTO, AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – recognizes the very best of America’s transportation projects in three categories: Under Budget, Best Use of Innovation, and Quality of Life/Community Development, a newly created category which honors projects that better connect and contribute to the general quality of life and economic development of communities. It is a record-breaking year for the America’s Transportation Awards, as more state DOT members than ever are participating (37 in total), entering more projects than ever before (73).

Eighteen transportation projects from eight mid-American states were nominated in those categories.

Two states were named winners in the Quality of Life/Community Development category: Michigan Department of Transportation‘s Creston North-Quarter Keystone project and Wisconsin Department of Transportation‘s WIS 35/Tower Avenue project tied for first place in the small project category (projects costing less than $25 million).

The Under Budget category featured three winners: Michigan Department of Transportation‘s M-231 over Little Robinson Creek (small project), Minnesota Department of Transportation‘s I-694 North Central project in the medium project category (projects costing between $26 million and $199 million), andIllinois Department of Transportation‘s Red Line South Reconstruction in the large project category (costing more than $200 million).

In the Best Use of Innovation category, three projects from four states were recognized: Indiana Department of Transportation‘s I-65/I-70 South Split project (small project), Ohio Department of Transportation‘s U.S. Route 33 Nelsonville Bypass project (medium project), and Missouri Department of Transportation and Illinois Department of Transportation‘s joint Mississippi River Bridge project (large project).

The winners of all regional contests have been named at each region’s annual meeting, held throughout the summer, with one regional meeting still to take place in August.

The 10 projects with the highest overall scores will compete for the National Grand Prize and People’s Choice Award. The Grand Prize winner is selected by a panel of transportation experts. The People’s Choice Award is presented to the transportation project that receives the most online votes from the public. The America’s Transportation Awards Top 10 will be announced on Sept. 8, when the online voting will also begin. The winners of both national awards will be announced at the AASHTO Annual Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina in November, where both winning state DOTs will receive a $10,000 check to be given to a transportation-related charity or scholarship program of their choice.

Western State DOTs Recognized for Community-Focused, Cost Saving, Innovative Projects

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – State transportation department projects that are improving safety on all travel modes, expanding mobility for communities, reducing congestion on roadways, and providing additional transportation options, all while saving taxpayer dollars, were today named recipients of top honors in the western regional America’s Transportation Awards competition at the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials 2014 conference.

“The America’s Transportation Awards competition showcases the exceptional, innovative and diverse range of transportation projects by state transportation departments that are improving travel and the quality of life in America, even during a time of funding uncertainty,” said Mike Hancock, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials president and secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. “These awards not only give state DOTs recognition for their hard work and incredible results, but also highlight the need for stability as the federal Highway Trust Fund continues its decline toward critical levels. These projects reflect a commitment to the nation’s future and the need for continued investment in the transportation systems upon which we all depend.”

Now in its seventh year, the America’s Transportation Awards competition – sponsored by AASHTO, AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – recognizes the very best of America’s transportation projects in three categories: Under Budget, Best Use of Innovation, and Quality of Life/Community Development, a newly created category which honors projects that better connect and contribute to the general quality of life and economic development of communities. It is a record-breaking year for the America’s Transportation Awards, as more state DOTs than ever are participating (37 in total), entering more projects than ever before (73).

Twenty-nine transportation projects from 15 western states were nominated in those categories.

Two states were named winners in the Quality of Life/Community Development category: Texas Department of Transportation won in both the small and large project size categories—the West 7th Street Bridge project in the small size (projects under $25 million), and the SH 99/Grand Parkway Segment E (from I-10 to US 290) project in the large category (projects costing $200 million or more). Colorado Department of Transportation‘s September 2013 Flood Response earned top honors in the medium project category ($26 million-$199 million).

The Under Budget category featured four winners: Idaho Transportation Department‘s Chubbuck Interchange (small project); a tie between New Mexico Department of Transportation‘s I-10/I-25 Systems Interchange Reconstruction project and Arizona Department of Transportation‘s SR303L, Glendale Avenue to Peoria Avenue (medium projects); and California Department of Transportation‘s Caldecott Fourth Bore Project (large project).

In the Best Use of Innovation category, three winners were named: South Dakota Department of Transportation‘s Cliff Avenue/I-90 Reconstruction (small project), Wyoming Department of Transportation‘s Togwotee Trail to Yellowstone (medium project), and California Department of Transportation‘s San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge East Span project (large project).

The winners in the two remaining regions will be announced at their regional meetings, held throughout the summer. The 10 projects with the highest overall scores will compete for the National Grand Prize and People’s Choice Award. The Grand Prize winner is selected by a panel of transportation experts. The People’s Choice Award is presented to the transportation project that receives the most online votes from the public. The America’s Transportation Awards Top 10 will be announced on Sept. 4, when the online voting will also begin. The winners of both national awards will be announced at the AASHTO Annual Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina in November, where each winning state DOT will receive a $10,000 check to be given to a transportation-related charity or scholarship program of their choice.

Learn more about all of the nominated projects and the competition here.

Northeast State DOTs Honored for Innovative, Community-Focused, Cost Saving Projects

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. – State transportation department projects that are improving safety on all travel modes, expanding mobility for communities, reducing congestion on roadways, and providing additional transportation options, all while saving taxpayer dollars, were today named recipients of top honors in the northeast regional America’s Transportation Awards competition at the Northeast Association of State Transportation Officials 2014 conference.

“The America’s Transportation Awards competition showcases the outstanding, innovative and diverse range of transportation projects that are improving travel and the quality of life in America, even during a time of funding uncertainty,” said Mike Hancock, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials president and secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. “We hope these awards not only give state DOTs recognition for their hard work and incredible results, but also highlight the need for stability as the Federal Highway Trust Fund continues its decline toward critical levels. These projects reflect a commitment to the nation’s future and the need for continued investment in the transportation systems all of us depend on.”

Now in its seventh year, the America’s Transportation Awards competition – sponsored by AASHTO, AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – recognizes the very best of America’s transportation projects in three categories: Under Budget, Best Use of Innovation, and Quality of Life/Community Development, a newly created category which honors projects that better connect and contribute to the general quality of life and economic development of communities. It is a record-breaking year for the America’s Transportation Awards, as more state DOT members than ever are participating (37 in total), entering more projects than ever before (73).

Fifteen transportation projects from seven northeastern states and the District of Columbia were nominated in those categories.

Three states were named winners in the Quality of Life/Community Development category: Maine Department of Transportation‘s Naples Bay Bridge and Causeway Project earned an award in the small project category (less than $25 million); New Hampshire Department of Transportation‘s Memorial Bridge Project took home top honors in the medium project category ($26 million-$199 million); and the District Department of Transportation‘s 11th Street Bridge Replacement Project—Phase I won in the large project category ($200 million and up).

Two states received awards in the Under Budget category: Massachusetts Department of Transportation‘s Bay Street Bridge, Morey’s Dam and Fish Passage (small project) and Rhode Island Department of Transportation‘s Pawtucket Bridge Replacement Project (medium project).

In the Best Use of Innovation category, two winners were named: New York State Department of Transportation‘s I-84 Bridges over Dingle Ridge Road Replacement Project (small project) and District Department of Transportation‘s New York Avenue Bridge over Rail Tracks Rehabilitation Project (medium project).

The winners in the three remaining regions will be announced at their regional meetings, held throughout the summer. The 10 projects with the highest overall scores will compete for the National Grand Prize and People’s Choice Award. The Grand Prize winner is selected by a panel of transportation experts. The People’s Choice Award is presented to the transportation project that receives the most online votes from the public. The America’s Transportation Awards Top 10 will be announced on Sept. 4, when the online voting will also begin. The winners of both national awards will be announced at the AASHTO Annual Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina in November, where each winning state DOT will receive a $10,000 check to be given to a transportation-related charity or scholarship program of their choice.