Best Transportation Projects
in Southeastern Region Take Home Awards
WASHINGTON – Projects that restored bridges ravaged
by Hurricane Katrina, devised overpasses over busy rail traffic to provide
access for emergency vehicles and cut down on congestion, and utilized
innovative pavement recycling methods to rehabilitate stretches of interstates
were all recipients of top honors in the Southeastern regional America’s
Transportation Awards competition.
“We’re immensely proud of the quality projects
entered in this year’s competition,” said Kirk Steudle, Michigan Department of
Transportation director and president of the American Association of State
Highway and Transportation Officials. “The America’s Transportation Award
competition is a great way to highlight tremendous transportation projects that
demonstrate how state DOTs continue to deliver value with limited
transportation dollars. Our state DOTs deserve credit for these outstanding
projects that keep our communities safe and contribute to our quality of life.”
Now in its fifth year, the America’s Transportation
Awards competition – sponsored by AASHTO, AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
– recognizes the very best of America’s
transportation projects in three main categories: Ahead of Schedule, Under Budget,
and Best Use of Innovation. The categories are then split up by size: small
(less than $25 million), medium (between $25 million and $199 million) and
large ($200 million and more). The final regional winners were announced at the
Southeastern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials 2012
Meeting in Charleston, S.C.
Eleven transportation projects from eight Southeastern
states were nominated.
South Carolina Department of Transportation’s SC
Route 150 Emergency Bridge Replacement over Interstate 85 Project was named
winner in the Ahead of Schedule (small project) category.
Two states took home awards in the Under Budget
category: Arkansas State Highway and
Transportation Department for its Prescott
Railroad Overpass Project (small project) and Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development for its I-10
Twin Span Bridge Project (medium size).
In the Best Use of Innovation category, two states
took home honors. Florida Department of
Transportation was honored for its A.
Max Brewer Bridge Replacement Project (medium category) while Virginia Department of Transportation’s
Pavement Recycling Project was named the winner in the small category.
Other nominees are:
North Carolina Department of Transportation’s I-40
North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Rebuilding
Florida Department of Transportation’s I-75
Rest Area Improvement Project
Tennessee Department of Transportation’s State
Route 7 Rebuild
Georgia Department of Transportation’s Regional
Traffic Operations Program (RTOP)
Georgia Department of Transportation’s I-285
Micro Milling Project
The Southeastern region was the final group of
regional winners named in the competition. The 10 projects with the highest
total judge votes will be announced in the upcoming weeks and will then compete
for the Grand Prize, awarded to the state DOT project receiving the greatest
number of points in judging by a panel of experts, and People’s Choice Award,
presented to the transportation project that receives the most online votes.
Online voting begins Sept. 10. The winners of both awards will be announced at
the AASHTO Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh in November.
Learn more about the projects and the competition