Tacoma Narrows Bridge finalist for national transportation award

The Tacoma Narrows Bridge project is one of 10 signature transportation projects named this week as a finalist for the prestigious “America’s Transportation Award,” reflecting the best in management and innovation by the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO).

Spectacular bridges, toll and access roads, innovative interchanges and interstates will now compete for the Grand National Prize — selected by a panel of community, business and transportation leaders — and the People’s Choice Award — which will be decided by an online voting process.

The America’s Transportation Award recognizes achievement in the development and construction of transportation projects, and instills an appreciation of transportation as a key element of our quality of life. Forty-one projects were entered into the America’s Transportation Awards competition with 23 chosen as regional winners, narrowing the field to 10 finalists. The Tacoma Narrows Bridge project team won the regional competition among 18 western states in the category for “on time delivery” for projects exceeding $200 million.

“Now is the chance for the entire region to show the rest of the country that our project was the best of the best transportation projects in 2007,” said Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond.

The Grand National Prize-winning state will receive funds to support a graduate-level educational grant in the transportation field. The People’s Choice Award will fund a community service project selected by the winning state department of transportation. Awards will be presented at the AASHTO Annual Meeting in Hartford, Connecticut, Oct. 19.

The competition is cosponsored by the American Automobile Association (AAA), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and AASHTO to bring public attention to transportation projects around the country that make a positive difference to people, businesses and communities.

On-line voting for the People’s Choice Award begins today and will continue to Oct. 19. Cast your vote at http://www.americastransportationaward.org/Voting.aspx .

For complete information on each of the finalists and the voting ballot, go to http://www.americastransportationaward.org/ .