Caltrans took home the Grand Prize for Carmageddon I at the fifth annual America’s Transportation Awards ceremony held Sunday in Pittsburgh.
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sponsor the America's Transportation Awards competition, which recognizes outstanding transportation projects in three categories: Ahead of Schedule, Under Budget, and Best Use of Innovation. Forty-nine projects from 34 states were entered in this year's contest.
During Carmageddon I in July 2011, the south side of the Mulholland Bridge was demolished as part of a project that’s adding a carpool lane to a 10-mile stretch of northbound I-405. The demolition required a 53-hour closure of I-405, which ultimately ended up being 36 hours because the work progressed more quickly than expected. Caltrans implemented an effective communication campaign to help drivers plan for and survive the shutdown.
The award comes with a prize of $10,000, which will be donated to the California Transportation Foundation to support the statewide Fallen Workers Memorial and scholarship programs.
More info about the competition and projects is here. A video showcasing the 10 national finalists is here.
By the way, big shout out to the people of Los Angeles for helping to make both Carmageddons a success. We wouldn't have won this award without your cooperation. Thank you!