Transportation Awards honor Every Day Counts innovations
Now more than ever, we're being asked to stretch every transportation dollar as far as possible. One of the most effective ways we're doing that at the Federal Highway Administration is through our Every Day Counts initiative, which is saving State DOT's millions of dollars and delivering the benefits of road and bridge projects to travelers much more quickly.
If you want to see the future of project delivery, just take a look at the winners of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 America's Transportation Awards Competition and the states that made them happen. These two projects delivered the benefits of better roads, bridges, and highways sooner and more efficiently, using Every Day Counts innovations promoted by the Federal Highway Administration.
Utah's I-15 Corridor Grand Prize-winning project
The judges' Grand Prize went to the Utah Department of Transportation for its use of accelerated bridge construction, wireless paving and grading, and diverging diamond interchanges on its $1.7 billion I-15 Corridor Expansion. UDOT also used a design-build approach that resulted in innovative scheduling and planning techniques and allowed the state to complete the important project two years ahead of schedule with savings of $260 million for taxpayers. In addition to the cost and time savings, the project has relieved congestion and improved safety by expanding the roadway and smoothing the on-off experience for motorists traveling between Salt Lake City and Provo.
Missouri’s $685 million Safe and Sound Bridge Improvement Program completed more than 800 bridge projects across the state more than a year ahead of schedule, greatly improving safety for those who travel over these bridges every day. The Show-Me State’s Department of Transportation identified about 250 of the bridges as rehabilitation projects, while the remaining were projects completed under a design-build contract. The outcome? Fewer traffic delays for Missouri drivers, safer roadways, and 330,000 online votes from the public--earning Safe And Sound the American Transportation Awards' coveted People's Choice honor.
Missouri's Safe and Sound project took home the 2013 People's Choice Award
We're also proud that 3 of the other 10 finalists also incorporated Every Day Counts elements into their projects:
- The Georgia Department of Transportation's I-285 & Ashford Dunwoody Interchange project;
- The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Triangle Expressway; and
- The Rhode Island Department of Transportation's Wickford Junction Station and Garage.
I heartily congratulate these five projects, along with the other 5 finalists --California’s Dumbarton Toll Bridge Seismic Retrofit; Idaho’s U.S. 95, Sand Creek Byway; Indiana’s I-465/Allisonville Road Interchange Reconstruction; Massachusetts’ MBTA Mobile Ticketing Project; and Minnesota’s Highway 169/I-494 Interchange Reconstruction.
They represent the kind of quality projects that make life easier and safer for all users of our roads and transit systems.
Victor Mendez is Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration.
You can learn more about innovation in transportation project delivery on the FHWA's Project Acceleration and Innovation web page.