Public Vote Can Push Sand Creek Byway to National Award, $10,000

20-Sep-2013 The America’s Transportation Awards competition recognizes the greatest transportation projects accomplished each year by state Departments of Transportation. From building new bridges and interchanges, to easing congestion and improving safety and metropolitan mobility, these projects instill an appreciation of transportation as a key element of our quality of life.

The competition, co-sponsored by AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce along with AASHTO, was launched to build support for transportation at the federal, state, and local levels. The winners are first selected in four regions and then the Top 10 vie for two awards: the Grand Prize and the People’s Choice Award. A panel of judges representing all aspects of the transportation industry makes the regional and Grand Prize selections. The awards are submitted in three categories and by project size. The People’s Choice Award is selected by online voting. Both awards carry a $10,000 prize that can be used by the winning state for an education grant in the transportation field, or to support a community project or charity.

Last year, a record 34 states submitted 49 entries for consideration. The I-405/Sepulveda Pass Project–Mulholland Bridge Demolition (or “Carmageddon”) (California) won the Grand Prize. The A. Max Brewer Bridge Replacement Project (Florida) won the People’s Choice Award after receiving the most online votes.

The 2013 Award Categories Include:
Submitted in three size categories — Large ($200 million and over), Medium ($26 – $199 million), and Small ($25 million and under):

North Idaho Bikeways, an Idaho non-profit founded in 1995 to establish a network of bike and pedestrian trails connecting Sandpoint, Idaho with its neighboring communities, has been designated to receive the $10,000 prize should the Sand Creek Byway project win the award. In the 10 years since its founding North Idaho Bikeways has helped to create 9.5 miles of separated bike trails with another 3.5 miles of trail funded for construction in the next 3 years. Numerous other projects are in different stages of development.

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