A group of transportation projects in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania earned regional recognition in the 2020 America’s Transportation Awards competition for reducing crashes, saving lives, expanding reliable access to economic opportunities for community members, and helping revitalize local communities.
[Above photo by the New Jersey DOT.]
“The people who planned, engineered and built these projects deserve recognition for the positive impacts they have provided through these investments in local communities,” said Patrick McKenna, director of the Missouri Department of Transportation and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials 2019-2020 president, in a statement.
“Their work represents a dedication to connecting people and improving local economies while implementing creative solutions,” he added.
In the America’s Transportation Awards competition – sponsored by AASHTO, AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – state departments of transportation 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 Northeastern region, seven states nominated 15 projects. The top Northeastern region projects are:
- Connecticut Department of Transportation: Community Connectivity Grant Program—Boxer Square Revitalization (Quality of Life/Community Development – Small category)
- New Jersey Department of Transportation: Route 72, Manahawkin Bay Bridges—Contract 4 (Quality of Life/Community Development – Medium category)
- Pennsylvania Department of Transportation: Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement Program (Operations Excellence – Small category)
- New Jersey Department of Transportation: Route 280, Route 21 Interchange Improvements (Operations Excellence – Medium category)
- Delaware Department of Transportation: US 301 Mainline Project (Operations Excellence – Large category)
- Pennsylvania Department of Transportation: Landmark Shaler Street Bridge Replacement Using SPMTs (Best Use of Technology & Innovation – Small category)
- Maryland Department of Transportation: I-895 over Patapsco River Flats Superstructure Replacement (Best Use of Technology & Innovation – Medium category)
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.
Those top national winners each receive $10,000 cash awards that will be donated to a charity or scholarship of their choosing.
Online voting for the People’s Choice Award started in August, with the top 12 national award winners to be announced later this year.