Twelve finalists named for America’s Transportation Awards Grand Prize, People’s Choice Award

Updated Aug 23, 2017

Arkansas Broadwayphoto 1 1Twelve projects from 10 state departments of transportation have been named finalists in the 2017 America’s Transportation Awards competition. The projects will be considered for the Grand Prize and People’s Choice Award to be presented at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) annual meeting Sept. 27 in Phoenix.

“We’re excited about the high level of participation in this year’s competition,” says AASHTO Executive Director Bud Wright. “Transportation departments in the District of Columbia and 38 states submitted a record 92 project nominations. Not every nominee takes home a prize but the programs and projects being implemented and constructed across the country such as roads, bridges, bike and pedestrian trails are making communities safer, healthier and more prosperous, so the big winners are the American people.”

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the AAA motor club and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sponsor the America’s Transportation Awards program, which honors the best transportation projects in the categories of Quality of Life/Community Development, Best Use of Technology and Innovation and Operations ExcellenceThis is the tenth year of the program.

Finalists were selected from regional winners. The Southeastern regional winners were announced last week, the Mid America regional winners and Northeast regional winners of the America’s Transportation Awards were announced in July and the Western regional winners were named in June.

The 12 finalist projects include:

The top 12 projects, which will be made up of the three highest-scoring projects from each region, will compete for the Grand Prize, selected by judges, and the People’s Choice Award, selected by online voting. These winners will receive $10,000 to be donated to a charity or scholarship of the winner’s choosing. The winners will be announced at AASHTO’s annual meeting Sept. 27 in Phoenix.