Best in Transportation: Major Interstate Projects Win Big
Two National Prizes and $20,000 Awarded
(Biloxi, Miss.) – The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are proud to announce that the Missouri Department of Transportation’s I-64 St. Louis Project has been selected as the 2010 America’s Transportation Awards Grand Prize winner. The Mississippi Department of Transportation’s Laurel S-Curve Reconstruction Projectwon the People’s Choice Award. The prestigious awards were presented today at the AASHTO Annual Meeting in Biloxi, Mississippi.
“These projects are making travel smoother, safer, and less congested for millions of motorists every day,” said John Horsley, AASHTO executive director. “We know that taxpayers understand the value of quality transportation and this contest is shows how states are investing their limited resources wisely.”
The competition recognizes outstanding transportation projects in four categories: “Best Recovery Act,” “On Time,” “Under Budget,” and “Innovative Management.” The ten projects that scored the highest during four regional contests competed for both the Grand Prize and the People’s Choice Award.
AASHTO will present a $10,000 cash award to the winning transportation departments to be used to support the charity or academic scholarship program of its choice.
I-64/US Route 40 was the oldest highway in St. Louis. Over time, the highway and its 30 bridges had become so deteriorated, they had to be replaced. Anticipating public concern over the impending closing, the Missouri Department of Transportation began public outreach and ad campaigns with suggestions to help survive the closure. In December 2009, I-64 reopened to traffic nearly one month early and $11 million under budget. A survey taken at the end of the project found that 95 percent of the public was satisfied with how the project had been handled.
More than 270,000 online votes helped decide this year’s People’s Choice Award winner. The Mississippi DOT’s project team reconstructed and realigned an elevated segment of I-59 through Laurel, Mississippi, eliminating the notorious “Laurel S-Curve,” which had one of the highest crash rates in the state. The project dramatically improved safety, smoothed traffic flow, and ultimately was delivered $6 million under budget.
A total of 43 projects were entered in this year’s America’s Transportation Awards competition. A video outlining the top ten projects and announcing the winners is available at: http://bit.ly/ATAVID102510.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
I-35W Bridge, Minneapolis, Minnesota – 2009 Americas Transportation Awards Grand Prize Winner
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