The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) this week announced the winners in its America's Transportation Awards program across four regions for the year 2020.
“The people who planned, engineered, and built these projects deserve recognition for the positive impacts they have provided through these investments in local communities,” Patrick McKenna, director of the Missouri DOT and the AASHTO 2019-2020 president, said in a statement. “Their work represents a dedication to connecting people and improving local economies while implementing creative solutions.”
In the America’s Transportation Awards competition—sponsored by AASHTO, AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce—state DOTs compete in three categories: Quality of Life/Community Development; Best Use of Technology and Innovation; and Operations Excellence. Each category is also designated by budget size: small (less than $25 million), medium ($25 million to $200 million), and large (more than $200 million).
In the Midwest region, seven states nominated 17 projects. AASHTO announced five transportation projects in Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin were among the top projects for this region.
In the Northeastern region, seven states nominated 15 projects. AASHTO announced seven transportation projects in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania as the top projects for this region.
In the Southern region, seven states nominated 17 projects. AASHTO announced eight transportation projects in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia as the top projects for this region.
And finally, in the Western region, 15 states nominated 30 projects. AASHTO announced 11 transportation projects in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, and Washington State as the top projects for this region.
The three highest-scoring projects from each regional competition earn a place on a “top 12” list of projects that will compete for the national Grand Prize—selected by an independent panel of industry judges—and the People’s Choice Award, chosen by the general public through online voting.