Award-Winning Transportation Projects

Staff | September 28, 2010

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."

The competition sponsored by the AAA, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) honored state department of transportation projects from the Northeastern Association of State Transportation Officials (NASTO) region.

The transportation projects were judged according to their size in three categories; "Innovative Management," "On Time" and "On Budget" construction.

The winners in the Northeast region are:

Winner for "On Time" — Large Project

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

Route 22/322 Lewistown Narrows, Mifflin and Juniata Counties, PA

The 6.65-mile, $110-million project was the second largest construction project ever awarded by PennDOT and featured the longest mechanically stabilized earthen (MSE) wall in the United States (second longest in the world). Pennsylvania State Representative C. Adam Harris (R-82nd District) said, "This is truly an engineering marvel. PennDOT was able to upgrade this hazardous section to a safe and modern four-lane highway ... completed nearly a full year ahead of schedule."

Winner for "Innovative Management" — Medium Project

New York Department of Transportation

Frederick Douglass-Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge, Rochester, NY

The $38-million Frederick Douglass-Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge Restoration Project not only rebuilt an aging structure over the Genesee River, it created a new icon for the city of Rochester. The bridge incorporated public input into the plans, helping to blend the community's culture and character into its innovative design. Rochester Mayor Robert J. Duffy said, "More than just a technological marvel, this bridge represents our identity as One City — One Rochester. The arches are a beautiful symbol of Rochester's desire to connect and unify people and ideas."

Winner for "On Budget" — Medium Project

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

Route 830 Airport Access Project, Jefferson County, PA

At a cost of $25.5 million, the Route 830 Airport Access Project in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, demonstrates transportation efficiency while promoting economic and fiscal health. Built in two phases, it consists of a new Interstate 80 interchange and a new 5-mile road to Dubois Regional Airport. Construction began on Phase I in July 2004, and the entire project was opened to the public on July 13, 2007. DuBois Regional Airport Manager Robert Shaffer, who represents the Clearfield-Jefferson Counties Regional Airport Authority, said, "This road will allow for us to spur development with our Air Commerce Park with benefits far beyond what we can see on the near horizon."

Other winners in the NASTO region included the Rhode Island Department of Transportation for the Iway Bridge Float Project in Providence ("Innovative Management" — Large Project) and the Maryland Department of Transportation for the State Route 70 Rowe Boulevard Bridge in Annapolis, MD ("On Time" — Medium Project).

"'America's Transportation Award' gives worthy recognition to those professionals and projects that are making our nation's transportation system safer and better," said AASHTO President Pete Rahn, who presented the awards in Pittsburgh. "These improvements are saving taxpayers both dollars and precious time," Rahn said.

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