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The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) is a nonprofit association representing highway and transportation departments of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. AASHTO works to foster development, operation, and maintenance of the nation's transportation system by advocating transportation-related policies and supporting states in their efforts to move people and goods efficiently and safely. You can review their Strategic Plan here.


The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' awards competition is an opportunity to recognize great achievements by colleagues and peers in the transportation field.

AASHTO posts this information at a dedicated website, America's Transportation Awards. This covers the most recent competition Transportation Awards Grand Prize winner; names the People's Choice Award winner; describes the categories of transportation projects judged; and highlights the Top Ten Transportation Projects of the year. The 2009 Grand Prize winner was the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with Florida DOT's 95 Express Miami project winning the People's Choice Award. The awards were presented at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' Annual Meeting in Palm Desert, California. More details on the winning projects are available in the AASHTO report "Smart Solutions: 50 Ways America Just Got Better ".

The Top Ten Projects for 2009 were:

* Dial an Engineer: Maryland Department of Transportation, MD 32 at Burntwoods Road Project
* Corridor Updated in Half the Time: Delaware Department of Transportation, I-95 Mainline Widening Project
* Smart Bridge Technology: Minnesota Department of Transportation, I-35W Minneapolis Bridge Replacement Project
* Preserving History: Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, Front Street Natchitoches Restoration Project
* Trimming 30 Minutes from Commute: North Carolina Department of Transportation, Clayton Bypass Project
* Improving International Connections: New York State Department of Transportation, I-86 Interchange Project
* Website Eases 3.8 Million Detours: California Department of Transportation, Fix I-5 Sacramento Project
* Two States Trim Time and Costs on New Bridge: Nebraska Department of Roads, Yankton Bridge Project
* Safety First: Michigan Department of Transportation, M-115 Clare County Improvement Project
* Technology Aids Urban Decongestion: Florida Department of Transportation, 95 Express Miami Project

AASHTO selects Regional Awards winners among the four individual regions-- NASTO, WASHTO, Mississippi Valley, and SASHTO Region-- as well. You can find these here.

In addition, the Awards section of the AASHTO website lists the following AASHTO awards with links to nomination forms:
The annual Alfred E. Johnson Achievement Award is given to the middle management employee of an AASHTO member judged by the award committee as the person rendering the most outstanding service in the field of engineering or management, which can cover both technical and administrative aspects.

The annual THOMAS H. MACDONALD MEMORIAL AWARD was established in 1957 to honor the long-time chief of the Bureau of Public Roads, and is considered to be the highest award made by AASHTO. The award, focused on highway operations, is made to active or retired persons who have been employed by AASHTO member(s) for at least five years, who rendered outstanding service over an extended period of time or made exceptional contribution to the art and science of highway engineering. Please note that the award criterion does not prohibit your department from submitting a nominee for consideration that was previously submitted.

The AASHTO PRESIDENT'S TRANSPORTATION AWARDS are presented at the Annual AASHTO meeting, the President's Transportation Awards honors individuals who performed exemplary service during the year furthering the transportation activities of his/her AASHTO member department or American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials committee which can have a salutary impact on transportation nationwide or regionally.

The 25-YEAR AWARD OF MERITORIOUS SERVICE honors employees who accrued 25 years of service with one or more AASHTO members and who attained the grade of District Engineer, Assistant Central Office Division Head, Bureau Chief, or higher.


This lists names of any employee in the grade of District Engineer, Assistant Central Office Division Head, Bureau Chief, or higher, whom has died since the association's previous annual meeting. Their names are included in AASHTO Memorial Service.


AASHTO believes it to be most fitting and proper to recognize at each annual meeting those employees of member departments who have been killed in the line of duty since the previous annual meeting, as a somber reminder and a tribute to those whose lives have been cut short by heedless motorists, and through accidents while on duty.

Awards competition questions are welcomed to Sheri Johnson of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials staff at [email protected]

AASHTO also sponsors Faces of Transportation photo and video Contest, which showcases photos and videos about positive effects of the transportation projects on individuals and communities--such as: environmentally-friendly footprint that enriches a neighborhood, a new bridge shortening commuting times, a widening project revitalizing a neighborhood, or a resurfacing of a rural road employing community members.

The 2009 Winners are:
Grand Prize - Washington State DOT
Green Solutions - Cathy Morrison, Missouri DOT
Celebrating Achievements - Gary Weber, Oregon DOT
Connecting Communities - Gary Weber, Oregon DOT
On the Job - Cathy Morrison, Missouri DOT
Video - Dave Tuttle, Idaho Transportation Department
More information about Faces of Transportation are available here.


Larry L. "Butch" Brown Sr. is President of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. He also serves as the Chairman of the AASHTO Standing Committee on Water Transportation. Mr.Brown is Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Transportation

AASHTO Vice-President, Susan Martinovich, P.E. is Director of Nevada Department of Transportation . Carlos Braceras serves as AASHTO Secretary-Treasurer. Mr. Braceras is Deputy Director of the Utah Department of Transportation. John Horsley serves as the Executive Director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

Joining AASHTO:

Membership in AASHTO is on an agency basis. All State Departments of Transportation are active members, and several sub-state and federal transportation agencies in the United States, as well as many transportation agencies in other countries belong to the Association as associate members. Membership is not extended to individuals or private sector entities.

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