Transportation Projects Improving America

Jun 9, 2008

A cliff hanger highway, a floating bridge considered to be a technological marvel and an economic lifeline are among the outstanding transportation projects winning the prestigious "America’s Transportation Award." (ATA)

The competition sponsored by the U.S. Chamber, AAA, and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials honored state department of transportation projects from the Northeastern Association of State Transportation Officials (NASTO) region.  Three additional regional contests will be held in the Midwest, West, and South in July and August 2008. The top regional winners will compete for the National "America’s Transportation Award."

The transportation projects were judged according to their size in three categories; "Innovative management," "On Time" and "On Budget" construction. The ATA’s purpose is to raise awareness of the extraordinary transportation system we have in America and to demonstrate its vital link to travel, tourism and the many business that are tied to the transportation industry.

We want to congratulate the winners in the Northeast region starting with:

Winner for "Innovative Management" - Large Project
Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT)
Iway Bridge Float Project Providence, RI

This $610 million RIDOT project was featured on the History Channel, documentary series "Mega Movers". The project earned national recognition for its unique approach in building the new bridge by assembling it offsite and "floating" it up Narragansett Bay to Providence. "The Department is extremely proud of the Iway project and this recognition," RIDOT Director Michael Lewis said. "The innovative approach in building the bridge offsite and floating it to Providence was the safest, most efficient means of constructing it. It was a great feat of engineering."

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