The American Association of State Highway and Transportation has begun taking applications through April 6 from state departments of transportation to compete in the 2018 round of "America's Transportation Awards."
AASHTO – in partnership with the AAA motor club and U.S. Chamber of Commerce – said that since 2008 it has used the annual awards to recognize project achievements by state DOTs and highlight the work they do to "make their communities a better place to live, work and play."
The awards also help illustrate how transportation improvements build economic strength, increase mobility and improve travel safety, and show the importance of properly funding that work, the association has said.
A dedicated awards website provides details of this year's competition and project categories, links to past-year entries and winners, and contact information for those who may have questions.
States may enter up to three projects for consideration, which would have been completed or substantially completed during calendar 2017 and not previously nominated.
A new feature this year is that data-management firm Socrata is sponsoring one of two national awards, which are chosen after a series of four regional competitions determine a roster of 12 highest-scoring projects to compete in the national round.
Socrata's CEO and founder, Kevin Merritt, told AASHTO that "as the first private-sector sponsor of the awards, Socrata is proud to help recognize those who are bringing intelligent, data-driven decision-making to the 2018 transportation infrastructure projects happening across the country."
The announcement noted that "all state DOT entries must be completely submitted to AASHTO by April 6 to be considered in both the regional competition and the Top 12 finals."
State DOTs that win the Grand Prize, which is awarded by a panel of expert judges, and the Socrata People's Choice Award that is selected through online public voting will each receive a $10,000 prize to donate to a charity or scholarship of their choice.
AASHTO is directing state DOT officials to enter their projects for the competition here. And on the entry site the association reminds member agencies that "our goal is to make sure the public and our political leaders know the great work all of you do to help your communities and states get from one place to another every day."
Online voting is now underway to decide the People's Choice Award winner in the annual Faces of Transportation photography and video contest sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
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