The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials has opened the online application portal for two of its major awards programs: The 2023 America’s Transportation Awards competition and 2023 President’s Transportation Awards.
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AASHTO opened the nomination portal for the 2023 America’s Transportation Awards on March 3, with April 14 the deadline for online application submissions. Click here to submit a nomination for this year’s contest.
[The video below provides a profile of the winners of the 2022 competition.]
Sponsored by AASHTO, AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the annual America’s Transportation Awards contest evaluates projects in three categories: Quality of Life/Community Development, Best Use of Technology & Innovation, and Operations Excellence.
The projects are also divvyed up by size: Small (projects costing up to $25 million), Medium (projects that cost between $26 million to $200 million), and Large (projects costing more than $200 million).
All the nominated projects first compete in one of four regional meetings over the summer, with the three highest scoring projects from each region named to the “Top 12” finalist list. Those 12 finalists then go on to compete for the top two national prizes.
An independent panel of transportation industry experts selects the Grand Prize winner, while the public will decide the People’s Choice Award winner through online voting, weighted to each state’s population to allow for greater competition between states with larger and smaller populations.
The winners of the Grand Prize and People’s Choice – each coming with $10,000 cash prizes to support a charity or transportation-related scholarship program of the winners’ choosing – will receive their awards at the 2023 AASHTO Annual Meeting, which will be held November 12-16 in Indianapolis.
The President’s Transportation Awards will also be bequeathed at the 2023 AASHTO Annual Meeting across seven categories: Safety; Environment and Planning; Mobility; Equity; Administration and Organizational Excellence; Research; and Partnerships.
The President’s Transportation Awards honor individuals or teams at state departments of transportation that have performed exemplary service during the year, furthering the transportation activities of member departments and the work that has made their communities better.
Nominations can be made by AASHTO member chief executive officers or by the chairs of AASHTO committees or councils.