AASHTO Announces 2018 Award Winners


A congestion-alleviating fix for an interchange in Chicago and a bikeable, walkable greenway that connects neighborhoods in the north part of Atlanta were recently named the winners of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' America's Transportation Awards.

The grand prize went to Chicago's $135 million Interstate 55 and Lake Shore Drive Interchange project, while Atlanta's $9.3 million 400 Trail project was chosen as Socrata People’s Choice Award winner.

Transportation Awards Finalists

In late August, AASHTO announced 12 transportation projects as this year’s finalists. 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.

Projects in the small category included: the California Department of Transportation's Highway 1/Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge replacement (Best Use of Technology & Innovation); the 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); and the people’s choice winner, Georgia Department of Transportation's Georgia 400 Trail (Quality of Life/Community Development).

The grand prize winner, the Illinois Department of Transportation's Interstate 55 and Lake Shore Drive Interchange, was originally named a finalist under the medium category.

Award Winners

Chicago’s Interstate 55 and Lake Shore Drive Interchange project reduced congestion, increased safety and cut down on drive times, while also providing a new route option to a major interstate and an urban expressway, further residents and visitors to nearby entertainment and educational options.

Atlanta’s multipurpose walkway was a move toward reclaiming what had previously been a highway-only corridor. With the new walking and biking option, residents can take advantage of the critical connection that links 8,000 people together in a 10-minute walking distance.

“We applaud all of this year’s nominees, especially the Georgia Department of Transportation for receiving the highest number of online votes and taking home this year’s Socrata People’s Choice Award,” said Patrick Farley, director of government affairs, data and insights for Tyler Technologies Inc. “GDOT’s 400 Trail project is bringing communities in Atlanta closer together in a healthy and sustainable way.”

Both winners each took home a $10,000 cash prize that will be put toward a charity or transportation-related scholarship program.


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

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