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AASHTO Transportation Award Finalists Named

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

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The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials recently named 12 transportation projects that have made it to the final round of this year’s awards competition. The winner will take home $10,000 for a scholarship or nonprofit in their home state.

In April, 35 DOTs submitted 79 projects to the competition, with the three highest-scoring projects in four regional contests becoming the top 12 finalists. Now the finalists, which include a greenway for bikes and pedestrians on what was previously a highway-only corridor, are in the running for the grand prize.

Transportation Awards Finalists

Judges evaluated submissions based on three criteria: quality of life/community development; best use of technology and innovation; and operations excellence. The projects are also judged in terms of funding scale: small (less than $25 million), medium ($25 million to $200 million) and large (more than $200 million).


The California Department of Transportation's Highway 1/Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge replacement is listed under the small category, for its use of technology and innovation; the new bridge was "rolled" into place.

The finalists for the small category include:

  • California Department of Transportation's Highway 1/Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge replacement (Best Use of Technology & Innovation);
  • Georgia Department of Transportation's Georgia 400 Trail (Quality of Life/Community Development);
  • Missouri Department of Transportation's rebuild of Route 65 (Quality of Life/Community Development);
  • New Hampshire Department of Transportation's NH Route 125 reconstruction, Contract G (Quality of Life/Community Development);
  • Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's Pennsylvania Statewide Demand-Response Transit Scheduling Software Implementation (Best Use of Technology & Innovation);
  • South Carolina Department of Transportation's York Street Bridge replacement (Best Use of Technology & Innovation);
  • South Dakota Department of Transportation's high-friction surface treatment (Best Use of Technology & Innovation); and
  • Utah Department of Transportation's Cottonwood Canyons public-private partnership fiber deployment (Quality of Life/Community Development).

With no large projects named, finalists for the medium category include:

  • Florida Department of Transportation's I-75 at University Parkway-Diverging Diamond Interchange (Best Use of Technology & Innovation);
  • Illinois Department of Transportation's Interstate 55 and Lake Shore Drive Interchange (Best Use of Technology & Innovation);
  • Maryland Department of Transportation's Upgrade of MD 404—Improving Quality of Life and Safety of Maryland's Eastern Shore (Quality of Life/Community Development); and
  • Michigan Department of Transportation's US-23 Flex Route (Operations Excellence).

"The quality of projects in this year’s competition was truly incredible," said AASHTO Executive Director Bud Wright. "We’re also seeing greater variety in the kinds of projects nominated, something we’re very excited about. State departments of transportation are finishing projects every day that improve their communities, whether they be a major highway reconstruction or the creation of a bike and pedestrian pathway. These projects in the Top 12 are just a fraction of the tremendous projects delivered by state DOTs, but they represent the best of the best.”

A panel of industry experts will grant the grand prize to the winner, with the Socrata People's Choice Award selected through online votes by the general public. Voting began Aug. 30 and will continue through Sept. 22. The winner will be announced Sept. 23.


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

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