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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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It's time to vote for the 2014 America's Transportation Awards, which recognizes the greatest transportation projects accomplished each year by state Departments of Transportation.

Co-sponsored by American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the competition was launched to build support for transportation at the federal, state and local levels.

The competition has been narrowed to 10 finalists. Online voting started Monday (Sept. 8) and continues through Oct. 24. Individuals may cast 10 votes per day. Click on the project names below to cast a vote.

AASHTO Transportation Projects
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Between Sept. 8 and Oct. 24, individuals may vote early and often—up to 10 times each day—for the next winner of America's Transportation Awards.

This year set a record for nominations, with 73 entries from 36 states and Washington, D.C.

The projects were judged in three categories: "Under Budget," "Best Use of Innovation" and, new this year, "Quality of Life/Community Development." To be eligible, projects had to have been completed between Jan. 1, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2013.

"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."

The 10 Finalists

The 10 finalists received the highest number of overall points during four regional competitions. The online voting will determine the People's Choice Award, and a panel of experts will select the Grand Prize winner.

Each award winner will receive a $10,000 donation from AASHTO on behalf of the winning state DOT to a charity or scholarship fund of its choice. The awards will be presented Nov. 23 at the AASHTO Annual Meeting in Charlotte, NC.

The finalists are...

California Department of Transportation's $6.3 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge: This project replaced the nearly 80-year-old bridge that was damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. The new structure features advanced earthquake technology and was built to accommodate future expansions in light rail, bus and other modes of transportation.

San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge

California's San Franscico-Oakland Bay Bridge project capped a 25-year effort.

Colorado Department of Transportation's $50 million September 2013 Flood Response: A bout of severe rainfall shut down 27 roads on the state highway system and damaged 120 bridges and 242 miles of of roadway throughout northwest and eastern Colorado. CDOT coordinated with the National Guard, local leaders and residents, and private contractors to reopen all of the closed roadways within 10 weeks.

Colorado 2013 flooding

Colorado's flood response tackled 27 roads, 120 bridges and 242 miles of roadway.

Florida Department of Transportation's $3.8 million Mathews Bridge Impact & Emergency Repair Project: After a major Jacksonville crossing was struck by a naval ship, the structure had to be closed immediately. The project team used innovation design and construction methods to restore the bridge 33 days after impact and 12 days ahead of schedule.

Mathews Bridge

Florida repaired and reopened the Mathews Bridge 33 days after impact.

Illinois and Missouri Departments of Transportation's $229.5 million Mississippi River Bridge Project: This joint DOT project saved $12 million in taxpayer funds and reduced delay and congestion for nearly 120,000 daily commuters between St. Louis, MO, and St. Clair County, IL.

Mississippi River Bridge

The Illinois and Missouri Mississippi River Bridge Project saved $12 million.

Indiana Department of Transportation's $12.4 million I-65/I-70 South Split Project: This project increased safety by lowering the pavement beneath seven bridges to increase bridge clearance for oversized trucks. To accelerate the project, INDOT closed the interstate and reduced construction time from 90 days to 44, also cutting the project's cost from $20 million to $12.4 million.

I-65/I-70 Split

Indiana DOT slashed time and money on the I-65/I-70 South Split Project.

New York State Department of Transportation's $10.2 million I-84 Bridges Replacement over Dingle Ridge Road: When two deficient bridges on I-84 needed to be replaced, NYSDOT utilized a new construction technique that reduced the two-year construction project to two weekends. The project leveraged research from the second Strategic Highway Research Program and a Federal Highway Administration Highways for LIFE grant.

I-84 Bridge Replacement

The I-84 Bridges Replacement squeezed two years of disruption into two weekends.

Ohio Department of Transportation's $200 million U.S. Route 33 Nelsonville Bypass: ODOT solved a major congestion problem by building a four-lane bypass highway. Along with other local road improvements, the project cut travel time through the area by 30 minutes. ODOT also invested $10 million to protect the forest's natural habitat with a wildlife bridge and tunnel, wildlife fences and lighting.

Route 33 Nelsonville Bypass

The Nelsonville Bypass cut travel time and added a wildlife bridge.

Rhode Island Department of Transportation's $77 million Pawtucket Bridge Replacement Project: The replacement of a deficient bridge on I-95 was completed $46 million under its $123 million budget. The project maintained fully open traffic, which hits 175,000 vehicles a day.

Pawtucket Bridge

Rhode Island DOT slashed $46 million off the Pawtucket Bridge budget.

Texas Department of Transportation's $320 million SH99/Grand Parkway Segment E: This project represents the newest section of a planned 185-mile loop around the Houston metro area. Segment E will mitigate congestion on roadway segments on the state's "100 most congested" list and improves safety by minimizing conditions that cause stop-and-go traffic conditions.

Grand Parkway Segment E

Texas tackled a roadway on its "100 most congested" list.

Wyoming Department of Transportation's $146.2 million Togwotee Trail to Yellowstone: This project upgraded a 50-year-old road on a major route between the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. New under-crossings were built so wildlife and snowmobilers can pass under the highway.

Togwotee Trail

A 50-year-old road stretching between two national parks got a $146.2 million facelift.



Tagged categories: AASHTO; Awards and honors; Bridges; Contests; Department of Transportation (DOT); North America; Program/Project Management; Project Management; Roads/Highways; Transportation

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