RALEIGH - Three N.C. Department of Transportation projects recently received regional 2023 America’s Transportation Awards along with others in neighboring states.
The Southern Association of State Highway Transportation Officials, or SASHTO, chose this year’s regional winners from a pool of 19 projects nominated by nine states in the region.
NCDOT submitted one project for each of the three contest groups and size categories, and all three won – the Rodanthe “Jug Handle” Bridge project (Operations Excellence, medium-sized project); the advanced flood-warning system for transportation (Best Use of Technology & Innovation, small category) and the East End Connector, I-885 project (Quality of Life/Community Development, large category).
Nationwide, this year’s America’s Transportation Awards competition saw 81 nominations submitted by 36 state transportation departments.
Once the regional competitions are completed, twelve finalists composed of the three highest scoring projects from each region will be revealed.
Those final projects will compete for the two 2023 America’s Transportation Awards national prizes. An impartial panel of judges will select the Grand Prize recipient, while the project that accumulates the highest number of online votes from the public will earn the People’s Choice Award.
The winners will be announced in November at the annual meeting for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
The Grand Prize and People’s Choice Award winners will each receive $10,000 toward their preferred scholarship or charity.