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OKLAHOMA Recognized: Winning Road Projects Saving Lives, Time, and Money!

OKLAHOMA Recognized: Winning Road Projects Saving Lives, Time, and Money!


AASHTO Press Release

Tony Dorsey
(202) 624-3690
Monday, July 13, 2009

Winning Road Projects Saving Lives, Time, and Money!

Utah's Legacy Parkway project near Salt Lake City has cut the average rush hour commute by almost 30 minutes.

In Oklahoma, when a massive landslide sent 500 feet of State Highway 20 down a hillside the road was reopened in just 38 days.

These outstanding examples of transportation construction are among eight winning projects from six western states to receive regional awards at the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Annual Meeting in Seattle on Monday.

The projects were judged in three categories: On Time, On Budget, and Innovative Management. Each winning project is now contending for the America's Transportation Awards Grand Prize, to be presented this fall.

"These quality projects and this competition send out a positive message of transportation at its best," said John Horsley, executive director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. "It is clear that state DOTs are making wise investments in transportation projects that are paying big dividends today and they'll continue to do so for years to come."

AASHTO, AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have teamed up for the second year to sponsor the competition to honor America's very best in transportation.

The California Department of Transportation received two awards; one for the Fix I-5 Sacramento Project, winner in the Innovative Management, Medium Project category and another for the I-15 Express Lanes (Middle Segment) Project which won in the On Time, Large Project category.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation also took home two prizes; one for the SH-20 Keetonville Hill Reconstruction Project, winner in the On Time, Small Project category, and the I-235 Oklahoma City Interchange Project, winner in the On Budget, Medium Project category.

Oregon Department of Transportation's Elk Creek Project won in the On Time, Medium Project category. The Nebraska Department of Roads Yankton Bridge Project won in the On Budget, Small Project category. The Utah Department of Transportation's Legacy Parkway Project won in the Innovative Management, Large Project category, and the Colorado Department of Transportation's Wildlife Detection System Project won in the Innovative Management, Small Project category.

Winners in the two remaining regional competitions will also compete for the Grand Prize, which will be presented at the AASHTO Annual Meeting in October. A separate People's Choice Award will also be presented to the project receiving the highest number of votes from the general public. Learn more about the projects and the competition at www.americastransportationaward.org.

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