NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – New Haven’s new glowing centerpiece has won a national award. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has named the Connecticut DOT and the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge the grand prize winner in the 2016 America’s Transportation Awards competition. The winning project was chosen by a panel of experts. The runner up, the People’s Choice Award was won by an overpass project in Florida, and was chosen by an online vote.
“This year’s Grand Prize winner, the new Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge—is another perfect example of what this competition is about,” said Bud Wright, AASHTO executive director. “This spectacular new addition to New Haven’s skyline is one of the largest projects in the Connecticut DOT’s history. And it was delivered ahead of schedule and on budget, improving safety, relieving congestion and enhancing travel options for tens of thousands of daily commuters.”
The Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge project cost $554-million and spans 4,200 feet over the Quinnipiac River. Approximately 140,000 cars cross the span every day.
“America’s Transportation Awards continues to showcase how state and local transportation agencies are using innovative approaches to tackle a broad range of transportation projects,” stated Jill Ingrassia, managing director of government relations and traffic safety advocacy at AAA. “Whether it’s repairing or replacing existing infrastructure, or implementing HOV lanes, this is important work that will help to reduce congestion, improve safety, and increase efficiency.”