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FHWA ANNOUNCES 1998 EXCELLENCE IN HIGHWAY DESIGN AWARDS

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FHWA ANNOUNCES 1998 EXCELLENCE IN HIGHWAY DESIGN AWARDS

Federal Highway Administration
November 18, 1998

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 18, 1998
Contact: Karen Whitney
Telephone: 202-366-0660
FHWA 55-98

Federal Highway Administrator Kenneth R. Wykle has announced the winning entries in the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Excellence in Highway Design Competition. The competition recognizes excellence in the design of highways and highway-related facilities and projects that contribute to a more pleasing highway experience.

"These award-winning projects demonstrate that transportation facilities do so much more than simply move people and goods," Wykle said. "I am pleased to recognize the ingenuity and skill of the men and women who conceive and construct the best of America’s highway designs."

A biennial event since 1980, the competition has attracted over 2000 entries from federal agencies, state and local governments, design firms, and others which have completed noteworthy highway projects. The winners are selected by a panel representing various transportation, engineering and community interests.

The 1998 awards, presented during the annual meeting of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials in Boston, are as follows:

URBAN HIGHWAYS


Excellence Award: Long Island Expressway / Seaford Oyster Bay Interchange Improvement Project, New York State Department of Transportation Region 10.

Merit Award: Palmetto Expressway Construction, Florida Department of Transportation.

Merit Award: Route 509 Relocation, Washington State Department of Transportation.

RURAL HIGHWAYS

Excellence Award: Interstate Route H-3, Hawaii Department of Transportation.

Merit Award: State Route 91 Through Sardine Canyon, Utah Department of Transportation.

Merit Award: Reconstruction of Beeline Highway, State Route 87, Arizona Department of Transportation.

MAJOR STRUCTURES, OVER $10 MILLION

Excellence Award: Columbus Front Door Project, Columbus, Ind.

Merit Award: Second Blue Water Bridge, Michigan Department of Transportation and the Blue Water Bridge Authority.

Merit Award: Wabashaw Street Bridge, City of St Paul, Minn.

MAJOR STRUCTURES, UNDER $10 MILLION

Excellence Award: Portland Avenue Bridge, City of Beloit, Wis.

Merit Award: Five Mile Bridge - Old Stage Road over the Illinois and Michigan Canal, Grundy County Highway Department.

Merit Award: Bridgeville, Calif., Bridge Replacement.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND ENHANCEMENTS

Excellence Award (tie): Falcon Nest Boxes, Virginia Department of Transportation ; Lief Ericson Park Rose Garden, Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Merit Award: Beach Lake Mitigation Bank, California Department of Transportation, District 3.

HISTORIC PRESERVATION

Excellence Award: Main Street Bridge, Pen Yan, N.Y.

Merit Award: Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

Merit Award: Bardwell’s Ferry Bridge, Conway and Shelburne, Mass.

HIGHWAY RELATED PROJECTS

Excellence Award: The Grasshopper Bridge, City of Phoenix Ariz.

Merit Award: Earthquake Park Interpretive Facility, Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska.

Merit Award: Cuerno Verde Rest Area, Colorado Department of Transportation.

Merit Award: Assateague Island Pedestrian Bridge, Maryland State Highway Administration.

INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS

Excellence Award: The AZTECH Partnership, Phoenix Ariz.

Merit Award: "Trans Port," Portland, Ore.

Merit Award: E-Z Pass Electronic Toll Collection Program of New York State.

Merit Award: Trans Guide MDI, Texas Department of Transportation.

INTERMODAL TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES

Excellence Award: Sunset Transit Center / US Route 26 - State Route 217 Interchange, Oregon Department of Transportation and Tri-Met.

Merit Award: Port of Oakland, California's Jack London Square Amtrak Station.

HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENTS ON PUBLICLY OWNED LAND

Excellence Award: George Washington Memorial Parkway Reconstruction, Federal Highway Administration's Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division and the National Park Service.

Merit Award: Cumberland Gap Tunnel, Kentucky and Tennessee, National Park Service.

Merit Award: Ash River Visitors Center Road, Voyageurs National Park, Minn., National Park Service.

Merit Award: General’s Highway, Sequoia National Park, California, National Park Service, and FHWA Central Federal Lands Highway Division.

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