The Hutchinson River Parkway in New York was among the winners of 2002 Excellence in Highway Design awards given by the Federal Highway Administration on Oct. 13 at the annual meeting of the American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials in Anchorage, Alaska.
"As the demands on our highway system become increasingly complex, the need for innovative and sensitive design solutions will grow as well," said FHWA Administrator Mary Peters. "These award winners share a common approach. They are providing safe, efficient transportation projects that, at the same time, are sensitive to the human and the natural environment."
The Excellence in Highway Design awards program, formerly known as the Highway and its Environment competition, has showcased hundreds of outstanding examples of highways, bridges, pedestrian facilities, roadside facilities and other facets of roadway design since its inception in 1968. The program features nine categories, each with an excellence award winner and one or more merit award winners and honorable mention award winners.
The Hutchinson River Parkway received the excellence award in the urban highway category.
In the rural highway category, the excellence award was given for the Taconic State Parkway in New York.
For major highway structures worth more than $10 million, the big winner was the Broadway Bridge in Daytona, Fla. (see Drive-Through Art Gallery, R&B, Sept. 2002, p 34).
For major highway structures worth less than $10 million, the excellence award was given for the Grays Bay Bridge in Hennepin County, Minnesota.
For environmental protection and enhancements, FHWA conferred the excellence award on First Creek Fish Passage in Washington state.
For the full list of highway design awards, see the November issue of Roads & Bridges.