LEXINGTON, KY - The Missouri Department of Transportation has won top honors in the Mid America Regional "America's Transportation Awards" competition for two projects that were completed ahead of schedule and under budget.
Chief Engineer Dave Nichols received the awards at the annual meeting of the Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials. MoDOT's winning entries were the I-29/35 kcICON project in Kansas City and the I-270 Dorsett-Page Project in suburban St. Louis.
Now in its fifth 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).
kcICON won as the large project in the "Ahead of Schedule" category. The $245 million design-build project improved driver safety and greatly reduced congestion in Kansas City by building the new signature cable-stayed Christopher S. Bond Bridge across the Missouri River, widening 4.7 miles of Interstate 29/35, and rebuilding five interchanges. Construction began in April 2008 and was completed in December 2010, more than six months ahead of schedule.
The I-270 Dorsett-Page Project won as the medium project in the Under Budget category. This project combined three roadway projects under one contract in St. Louis, reducing congestion. The project, which began in July 2009, was finished a month ahead of schedule in August 2011 and about $2.4 million under the project's $34.8 million budget. MoDOT attributes the success of the project to strong attention to detail, partnerships through the design and construction phases and community involvement.
"All of the projects entered into the competition deserve recognition for their creativity, innovation, and management," said Kirk Steudle, Michigan Department of Transportation director and president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. "The America's Transportation Award competition is a great way to highlight tremendous transportation projects that demonstrate how state DOTs continue to deliver value with limited transportation dollars. Our state DOTs should be proud of the projects they complete to keep our communities safe, make our commutes easier and become more efficient."
MoDOT's two winning projects are now eligible to compete for national honors that will be announced at the AASHTO Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh in November.