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12 Transportation Projects Make AASHTO Award Finals

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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A major bridge project on the Ohio River and an accelerated bridge replacement in Little Rock are among the 12 finalists in this year’s edition of America’s Transportation Awards, presented by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

AASHTO unveiled its top 12 projects nationwide Monday (Aug. 21), narrowing the field after each of the association’s four regions put forth eight projects as regional winners. From the current field of 12, one project will be chosen by a panel of judges for this year’s Grand Prize, while another will be awarded the People’s Choice Award, determined by an online vote.

Broadway Bridge
Courtesy of AASHTO/Arkansas DOT

The Broadway Bridge, in Little Rock, was nominated in the Best Use of Technology & Innovation category; the $98 million basket-handle arch bridge was completed earlier this year.

The finalists are broken down by project size (small, under $25 million; medium, $25 million-$199 million; or large, $200 million or more) and by category (Operations Excellence, Best Use of Technology & Innovation and Quality of Life/Community Development).

Each of the two top prize winners will receive $10,000 to give to a charity or put toward a scholarship of their choice.

Bridge Projects

The top 12 projects for 2017 include:

Broadway Bridge over Arkansas River, Arkansas Department of Transportation. Arkansas used Accelerated Bridge Construction to keep this $98 million bridge replacement project ahead of schedule. The basket-handle arch bridge, which carries Highway 70 between Little Rock and North Little Rock, opened in March. This project was nominated in the Best Use of Technology & Innovation category, and falls into the medium project size. Massman Construction Co., of Kansas City, Missouri, was the lead contractor on the job.

East End Crossing
Courtesy of AASHTO/Indiana DOT

The East End Crossing is one of two parts of the Ohio River Bridges Project, carried out by the Indiana Department of Transportation and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, that made the top 12 finalists list for the America's Transportation Awards.

Ohio River Bridges Project—East End Crossing, Indiana Department of Transportation. The Ohio River Bridges Project consisted of two bridges under one overall project, each overseen by a different DOT. The East End Crossing, including a new cable-stayed bridge, twin-bore tunnel and eight miles of roadway, was a public-private partnership overseen by INDOT, and cost $1.2 billion in all. The Lewis and Clark Bridge, the centerpiece of the project, opened in December 2016. WVB East End Partners was the private partner on this project.

Ohio River Bridges Project—Downtown Crossing, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. The KYTC half of the Ohio River Bridges Project involved the construction of a new cable-stayed bridge alongside the existing Kennedy Bridge, in Louisville, and the rehabilitation of the Kennedy. The new Abraham Lincoln Bridge, carrying six northbound lanes, opened in November 2016, and the Kennedy Bridge, carrying six southbound lanes, reopened at the same time. Walsh Construction, of Chicago, was the general contractor on the Downtown Crossing.

Additional Finalists

Other projects in the top 12 include:

Online voting for the People’s Choice Award runs through Sept. 21; each user may vote up to once per day.

The America’s Transportation Awards program is celebrating its 10th anniversary, having begun in 2008 as a collaboration between AASHTO, AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.


Tagged categories: AASHTO; Awards and honors; Bridges; Infrastructure; NA; North America; Program/Project Management; Transportation

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