The 2018 America’s Transportation Awards
competition is now complete sponsored by AASHTO, Socrata,
AAA and the US Chamber of Commerce the national competitions final two
prizes were awarded at the AASHTO annual meeting in Atlanta. It’s my pleasure
now announced the winners of our two awards. The 2018 competition attracted 79
project nominations from 35 state departments of transportation. Four
regional competition were held and 12 projects earned the right to compete for
the grand prize and the Socrata People’s Choice Award. A panel of judges
selected the Illinois Department of Transportation 135 million dollar
Interstate 55 and Lake Shore Drive interchange project as the grand prize
winner for demonstrating the best use of technology and innovation. If we would
have done it the normal way it probably would have taken at least 50 percent
longer it would have obviously cost us more money we would have disrupted
traffic for three years probably here we were able to disrupt it just a little
bit keeping things open and getting in and out of there into construction
seasons so I think what it says to our our team is that let’s think about
things differently let’s look at what options we have that we didn’t use to
look at and how can we make the projects move quicker move more efficiently and
keep the traveling public as as happy as we can. And the highest number of online
boats went to the Georgia Department of Transportation
9.3 million dollar Path 400 project earning it the
Socrata People’s Choice Award. It really is transformative in that
there’s a lot of neighborhoods and communities that back up to 400 the
state route 400 corridor that now provide them alternatives for
transportation not only for recreation but for utility for getting back and
forth up and down this corridor so it’s a exciting project. The top two prizes
were awarded at the AASHTO annual meeting in Atlanta. Each came with a $10,000 cash award to be used to support a charity or
transportation related scholarship program. Illinois DOT is donating its
cash award to the Special Olympics Chicago in part because the first special of the games were held at Chicago’s Soldier
Field 50 years ago. Georgia DOT is donating its cash prize to Livable
Buckhead a charity dedicated to the maintenance and upkeep of the Path 400
project. The America’s Transportation Awards
competition sponsored by AASHTO, Socrata, AAA and the US Chamber of Commerce.