The 11th annual America's Transportation Awards competition recognized six winners in the Northeast region for optimizing and expanding transit for inner-city users, saving lives on a busy seasonal roadway, and helping drivers avoid a 42-mile detour with an innovative bridge replacement, just to name a few.
"State DOTs are committed to making America safer, better and stronger by improving connections between communities both large and small, urban and rural," said John Schroer, president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Transportation, during the July 11 awards ceremony in National Harbor, Maryland.
[Pictured left to right: John Schroer; Victoria Sheehan, New Hampshire DOT Commissions; Bud Wright, AASHTO Executive Director.]
"The transportation projects in this competition are part of a national multimodal network that is moving millions of people and tons of goods where they need to go every day," Schroer noted in his prepared remarks.
Sponsored by AASHTO, Socrata, AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the yearly America's Transportation Awards competition recognizes transportation projects in three categories: Quality of Life/Community Development, Best Use of Technology and Innovation, and Operations Excellence.
Project categories are also differentiated by size: small (projects costing less than $25 million), medium (projects that cost between $25 million and $200 million), and large (projects costing more than $200 million).
The six winning projects for the Northeast region are:
Winners in the two remaining regions will be announced this summer, with the three highest-scoring projects from each region will be included in the "Top 12" that will compete for the Grand Prize, selected by an independent panel of industry judges, and the Socrata People's Choice Award, chosen by the general public through online voting, later this fall.
The top two "Top 12" winners also receive $10,000 cash awards, to be donated to a charity or scholarship of the state DOT's choosing.
Online voting begins Aug. 30. The winners of the top two awards will be announced Sept. 23, at the AASHTO Annual Meeting in Atlanta.
To learn more about the nominees, the competition, and vote, visit www.AmericasTransportationAwards.org
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