Two NJDOT projects win 2020 America’s Transportation Awards
(Trenton) – New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti today announced two NJDOT projects have been named regional winners in the 2020 America’s Transportation Awards Competition.
The America’s Transportation Awards competition sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is a competition in which state DOTs compete in three categories: Quality of Life/Community Development; Best Use of Technology and Innovation; and Operations Excellence. Each category is also designated by project budget size: small (less than $25 million), medium ($25 million to $200 million), and large (greater than $200 million). Projects are judged within their region. The 12 regional winners will compete for the National Grand Prize, the People’s Choice Award, and $10,000 in cash awards that will be given by the winners to a transportation-related charity or scholarship program of their choosing.
New Jersey received honors for the following Medium Category projects:
•Route 72 Manahawkin Bay Bridges Project Contract 4, which was named best Quality of Life/Community Development
•Route 280, Route 21 Interchange Improvements Project, which was named best Operations Excellence
“These awards recognize the outstanding efforts of the men and women of the New Jersey Department of Transportation and our contractors to deliver projects that create safer roadways and enrich our communities,” NJDOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti said.
“These projects demonstrate how New Jersey is leading the way in delivering transportation projects that improve our infrastructure and enhance the quality of life in our state.”Route 72 Manahawkin Bay Bridges ProjectContract 4, which is being recognized with this award, is part of the $312 million federally-funded Route 72 Manahawkin Bay Bridges Project that is improving a 3-mile stretch of Route 72 from Marsha Drive in Stafford to Long Beach Boulevard in Ship Bottom. The project is being advanced through a series of five contracts to improve the Route 72 Causeway, a vital connector between Long Beach Island and Stafford Township. Four out of five contracts are complete.
The final contract is expected to begin this fall and be completed in 2022.The overall project included the construction of a new 2,400 foot-long bridge, completed in 2016, which sits parallel to the Old Causeway Bridge that was reconstructed in Contract 4. In addition to constructing a new parallel bridge and reconstructing the existing bridge, the project also rehabilitated three trestle bridges and included environmental mitigation on Cedar Bonnet Island.