Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program is Finalist in National Transportation Award Competition
JEFFERSON CITY, MO - The statewide program that replaced or repaired more than 800 of Missouri's poorest bridges in three-and-a-half years has been selected as one of 10 national finalists in the 2013 America's Transportation Awards competition. A panel of national transportation experts picked the Missouri Department of Transportation's Safe & Sound bridge improvement program from 36 projects representing 24 states in the categories of "Ahead of Schedule," "Under Budget" and "Best Use of Innovation."
The last of 802 new bridges was completed last November, two years earlier than the deadline established by MoDOT and 14 months ahead of the commitment made by the project's design-build contractor KTU Constructors.
"The 10 projects competing for top honors have made incredible impacts on their communities," said Bud Wright, executive director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. The awards competition is sponsored by AASHTO, AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
"The American's Transportation Awards competition was created to highlight all that our state transportation departments do each day to deliver quality, impactful transportation projects ahead of schedule, under their projected budgets and through exceptional innovation," Wright said. "We are very proud of these state DOTs and their outstanding projects."
The 10 transportation projects now compete for the Grand Prize, selected by a panel of judges. A People's Choice Award will be decided through online voting. Voting began Wednesday, September 4 and continues through Wednesday, October 2 at www.americastransportationawards.org Those interested are welcome to vote up to 10 times per day for their favorite projects. The two awards will be presented October 20 at the AASHTO Annual Meeting in Denver.
Winners of both the Grand Prize and the People's Choice Award will each be awarded $10,000, which must be donated to a charity or scholarship of the state DOT's choice.
To learn more about MoDOT's Safe & Sound program, visit the project website at http://www.modot.org/safeandsound/index.htm