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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - The Missouri Department of Transportation has won top honors in the Mid America Regional "America's Transportation Awards" competition for a project that demonstrated the best use of innovation.
MoDOT's winning entry was the new Interstate 70 Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Mississippi River in downtown St. Louis. MoDOT Assistant Chief Engineer Kathy Harvey accepted the award July 29 at the annual meeting of the Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials.
Now in its seventh year, the America's Transportation Awards competition - sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce - recognizes the very best of America's transportation projects in three main categories: Ahead of Schedule, Under Budget and Best Use of Innovation. The categories are then split up by size: small (less than $25 million), medium (between $25 million and $199 million) and large ($200 million and more).
The I-70 Mississippi River Bridge won as the large project in the innovation category. The $695 million project built a new interstate river crossing in downtown St. Louis to help relieve congestion on the nearby Poplar Street Bridge, which previously carried three interstate highways. Among several other innovations, Missouri championed an alternate technical concept process to let contractors submit confidential proposals using proprietary techniques, saving more than $12 million on the contract.
"The America's Transportation Awards competition showcases the exceptional, innovative and diverse range of transportation projects by state transportation departments that are improving travel and the quality of life in America," said Mike Hancock, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials president and secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. "These projects reflect a commitment to the nation's future and the need for continued investment in the transportation systems upon which we all depend."
The 10 projects with the highest overall scores from all four AASHTO regions will compete for the Grand Prize and People's Choice Award. The Grand Prize winner is determined by a panel of transportation experts. The People's Choice Award goes to the transportation project that receives the most online votes from the public. Online voting begins September 8. The winners of both awards will be announced at the AASHTO Annual Meeting in Charlotte, NC, in November.
More information about the I-70 Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge can be found at http://www.newriverbridge.org/. For more information on the competition, visit http://www.americastransportationawards.org/.