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National Competition Recognizes Excellence in Transportation Infrastructure

Daytona Beach – The US 92 Pedestrian Improvement Project in Daytona Beach is now recognized as one of the top regional projects in the nation, based on competition that promotes excellence in transportation projects that improve travel safety, reduce roadway congestion and provide more travel options to consumers.

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials presented the award recently to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) at the Southern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (SASHTO) conference in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. The US 92 pedestrian bridge and pedestrian improvement project received a top award in the Quality of Life/Community Development category.

“This project emphasizes complete streets, which focuses on many modes of transportation along a corridor, including pedestrian traffic,” said Frank O’Dea, FDOT District Five Director of Transportation Development. “We believe this improves safety, boosts the quality of life and promotes economic development.” 

The US 92 Pedestrian Improvement Project includes an eye-catching pedestrian bridge along a commercial corridor that sees hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. As the gateway to Daytona Beach and the site of Daytona International Speedway, the improvements increase safety and mobility, while creating a distinctive sense of place and destination. The $17 million project also includes wide sidewalks, as well as other safety and aesthetic features along this commercial corridor. The project is already making a positive difference in travel experience during NASCAR’s Daytona 500 and other racing venues, Bike Week and Spring Break celebrations, and is part of an economic revitalization across the Daytona Beach region.

“All the stakeholders, agencies and residents, deserve this recognition, said Brad Bauknecht, the FDOT project engineer. “ It was a great team and the US 92 Pedestrian Improvement Project is a testament to that.”

FDOT also won an award for a project that featured a new overpass on Eller Drive at Port Everglades in Broward County. The project, which makes getting across a busy rail corridor easier, will increase mobility and boost economic development in that area as well.  

To learn more about the nominated projects and the competition, go to:

·         https://americastransportationawards.org/2016/09/02/national-competition-recognizes-five-southern-states-for-excellence-in-transportation-infrastructure/