Department of Transportation (DOT) projects that are improving safety on all travel modes, expanding mobility for communities, reducing congestion on roadways and providing additional transportation options while saving taxpayer dollars, were named recipients of top honors in the Western Regional America’s Transportation Awards competition at the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ 2014 conference.
“The America’s Transportation Awards competition showcases the exceptional, innovative and diverse range of transportation projects by state transportation departments that are improving travel and the quality of life in America, even during a time of funding uncertainty,” said Mike Hancock, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials president and secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
Now in its seventh year, the America’s Transportation Awards competition – recognizes the very best of America’s transportation projects in three categories: Under-Budget, Best Use of Innovation, and Quality of Life/Community Development – a newly created category which honors projects that better connect and contribute to the general quality of life and economic development of communities. Twenty-nine transportation projects from 15 western states were nominated in those categories.
The Under Budget category featured four winners: Idaho Transportation Department‘s Chubbuck Interchange (small project); a tie between New Mexico Department of Transportation‘s I-10/I-25 Systems Interchange Reconstruction project and Arizona Department of Transportation‘s SR303L, Glendale Avenue to Peoria Avenue (medium projects); and California Department of Transportation‘s Caldecott Fourth Bore Project (large project).
Two states were named winners in the Quality of Life/Community Development category: Texas Department of Transportation won in both the small and large project size categories — the West 7th Street Bridge project in the small size (projects under $25 million), and the SH 99/Grand Parkway Segment E (from I-10 to US 290) project in the large category (projects costing $200 million or more). Colorado Department of Transportation‘s September 2013 Flood Response earned top honors in the medium project category ($26 million-$199 million).
In the Best Use of Innovation category, three winners were named: South Dakota Department of Transportation‘s Cliff Avenue/I-90 Reconstruction (small project), Wyoming Department of Transportation‘s Togwotee Trail to Yellowstone (medium project), and California Department of Transportation‘s San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge East Span project (large project).
Learn more about all of the nominated projects and the competition at AmericasTransportationAwards.org.