Morning News - Transportation Excellence Edition

Jul 22, 2008

Last month we published the East Regional winners of the prestigious "America’s Transportation Award." (ATA).  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.

Yesterday transportation projects from the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (WASHTO) region were honored.  Combined with the Midwest Region winners announced July 8th, only the South Region remains.  In light of all of the bad infrastructure news we seem to receive on a daily basis (we need to rebuild America); I thought it would be nice to take a moment to recognize those who are doing it right.

West Region Winners

Winner for “Innovative Management” – Large Project
California Department of Transportation - Public Outreach Program and Replacement of the West Approach of the Bay Bridge
San Francisco

Winner for “Innovative Management” – Medium Project
California Department of Transportation - Rebuilding the MacArthur Maze

Winner for “Innovative Management” – Small Project
Utah Department of Transportation - 4500 South Bridge Replacement
Salt Lake City

Winner for “On Time” – Large Project
Washington State Department of Transportation - Tacoma Narrows Bridge

Winner for “On Time” – Medium Project
Nebraska Department of Roads - West Dodge Elevated Expressway

Winner for “On Time” – Small Project
Utah Department of Transportation - 4500 South Widening Project

The next regional contest will be held in Orlando, Florida on August 21, 2008. The National Awards will be presented at the AASHTO Annual Meeting in Hartford, Connecticut October 19, 2008. 

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