America’s Transportation Awards 2015

For the first time ever, Florida has two top ten finalists nominated for America’s Transportation Awards! Everyone is able to vote up to ten times each day through September 11, 2015 at

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The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced the 2015 America’s Transportation Awards competition top 10 project finalists.

America's Transportation Awards 2015

“The scores have been tallied and there are 10 projects left, competing to be called the best in America,” said Bud Wright, AASHTO executive director. “Only one state DOT will take home this year’s Grand Prize but all the projects in the competition are making the nation’s multimodal transportation system better, faster and safer.”

This year 24 states entered 48 projects that were judged in three categories: “Under Budget,” “Best Use of Innovation,” and “Quality of Life/Community Development.”

The 10 finalists received the highest scores during four regional competitions. A panel of experts will select the Grand Prize winner and the People’s Choice Award will be decided through on-line voting which begins today through Friday, September 11. Individuals can vote up to 10 times per day for their favorite project.

The Grand Prize and People’s Choice award winners also receive $10,000 donations from AASHTO to be given on behalf of the winning state DOT to a charity or scholarship fund of the state’s choosing. The final awards will be presented September 27 at the AASHTO Annual Meeting in Chicago.

America's Transportation Awards 2015 - I-595

Florida – I-595 Corridor Improvements: This Florida Department of Transportation $1.22 billion public-private partnership project relieved congestion and created a multimodal transportation network along I-595 in South Florida. Design and construction teams completed the project on time and $275 million below the original estimated cost.

America's Transportation Awards 2015 - PortMiami Tunnel

Florida — Port of Miami Tunnel: Florida Department of Transportation’s $666 million multimodal project successfully built the largest soft ground bored road tunnel in North America, decreasing traffic congestion in downtown Miami by providing a direct link between the Port of Miami and the interstate highway system, supporting freight and regional commerce.