From the seven North Carolina bridges replaced in 45 days to the Utah highway that reduced commuters' drive time from 42 to 16 minutes, a new report released by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials highlights 50 projects nationwide that showcase smart transportation solutions by state transportation departments.
The projects were entered in a competition to find America's best projects, delivered on-time, on-budget, and with innovative management. "What we found from examining the entries is that the states are applying creativity, accountability, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness in delivering the transportation improvements their communities need. As a result, delays are shorter, projects are faster, and taxpayers get more for their investments," said John Horsley, AASHTO Executive Director.
The report, "Smart Solutions: 50 Ways America Just Got Better," highlights success stories of state DOTs across the nation from the 2009 America's Transportation Awards competition. The contest is sponsored by AASHTO, AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The projects nominated for the America's Transportation Awards contest were completed early and under budget, sought innovative methods to solve problems, relieved seriously congested vital corridors, improved public safety, enhanced economic growth, rebuilt after and prepared for disasters, achieved sustainable solutions, supported tourism, and engaged the community.
Among the techniques used to make good projects better are: creative contracting, financial incentives and disincentives for contractors, innovative construction techniques, strategic traffic management, intelligent transportation systems, dogged attention to schedules, innovative financing, intergovernmental cooperation, and constant communication.