Georgia and Illinois DOTs Recognized at AASHTO Awards

September 27, 2018 1:43 pm PST | Data as a Service

Congrats to Georgia Department of Transportation and Illinois Department of Transportation for their recent wins at the 2018 America’s Transportation Awards in Atlanta.

Judges awarded Illinois DOT the Grand Prize for a $135 million project on Interstate 55. The project created a new interchange to connect a major interstate with the urban expressway near some of Chicago’s most popular recreational and education destinations.

The new $135 million interchange has improved a critical connecting point for the area and greatly improved traffic flow for both Chicago residents and visitors alike.

They also awarded Georgia DOT the Socrata People’s Choice Award for its $9.3 million PATH 400 project that transformed a highway right-of-way into a 5.2 mile hike-and-bike greenway.

GA DOT’s project received the most online votes for the recognition. The path, built on the right-of-way of GA 400, reclaimed what was previously a highway-only corridor. It created a multimodal trail by turning underutilized gray infrastructure green.

The 11th annual competition, is sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Socrata, AAA, and the US Chamber of Commerce. It attracted 79 nominations from state department of transportations in 35 states. Winners of those top two prizes will each receive $10,000 to donate to a charity or scholarship of their choice. For more info on the awards and to read more about the winners, visit

Department of Transportation leaders who want to learn how to better supply accurate analytics of department data and data-driven recommendations can learn from the example set by the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT). Download Utah DOT’s Data Connects State Funding Directly to Outcomes for free today.

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