WASHINGTON—After 79 project nominees from 36 State Departments of Transportation, competed in four hard fought U.S. regional contests, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials is today announcing the Top 12 finalists in the 2020 America’s Transportation Awards Competition. State DOT projects in Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington State, and Wisconsin have earned the highest number of points in the regionals, earning those projects a place in this year’s Top 12. These finalists are credited with making travel across America safer, better and more accessible to motorist, bicyclists and pedestrians alike.

“All 79 project nominees are considered winners to the communities they serve,” said Patrick McKenna AASHTO’s 2019-2020 President and director of the Missouri DOT. “I’m privileged to be in a position where I can see how these transportation improvements benefit communities. The Top 12 projects are the best of the best. They’re helping to reduce traffic crashes and congestion—and they’re connecting people to jobs, recreation and tourism.”

The Top 12 Finalist are competing for the Grand Prize and the People’s Choice Award. Both prizes come with a $10,000 cash award, for a charity or transportation-related scholarship of the winners’ choosing.

Sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the competition evaluates projects in three categories:

  • Quality of Life/Community Development;
  • Best Use of Technology & Innovation; and
  • Operations Excellence.

The projects are also divided into three sizes: small (less than $25 million); medium ($25 million to $200 million); and large (more than $200 million).

The Washington State transportation project that is among the top 12 finalists to vote for is the Washington State DOT—State Route 99 Tunnel Project (Operations Excellence Category, Large Project Group).

“During these extraordinary times—we’re seeing construction workers out there on the front lines continuing to build and repair the transportation infrastructure America depends on,” said Jim Tymon, AASHTO executive director. “While many of these projects were completed before the COVID-19 Pandemic hit—they are today–helping to get medical supplies to hospitals and food to grocery stores. Transportation is essential and this contest celebrates the people and the projects that are keeping America moving.”

An independent panel of transportation industry experts will select the Grand Prize winner, while the general public will decide the People’s Choice Award winner through online voting. Online votes will be weighted to each state’s population, allowing for greater competition between states with larger and smaller populations. The winners will be announced at the virtual AASHTO Annual Meeting the week of November 9-13, 2020. Online voting begins today and ends at 11:59 p.m. on October 25, 2020. Cast your vote at AmericasTransportationAwards.org. Individuals can cast no more than one vote per day.

Learn more about the America’s Transportation Awards and vote for your favorite Top 12 projects at www.AmericasTransportationAwards.org