RS&H congratulates the Florida Department of Transportation, winner of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Grand Prize and the People’s Choice awards in the 2015 America’s Transportation Awards competition. The awards were presented September 26 in Chicago.

A panel of judges selected FDOT’s $670 million Port of Miami Tunnel project to receive the Grand Prize. This project created a direct connection between the Port of Miami and the interstate highway system, decreasing traffic congestion in downtown Miami and supporting freight, regional commerce and projected growth in demand. Construction teams had to build the tunnel through South Florida’s challenging limestone and coralline formations, creating the largest soft-ground-bored road tunnel in North America.

FDOT’s I-595 Corridor Improvements Project earned more than 56,000 online votes, making it the winner of the People’s Choice Award. This $1.2 billion project relieved traffic congestion and created a multimodal transportation network along I-595 in South Florida. Through a public-private partnership, design and construction teams completed the project on time and $275 million below the originally estimated cost of the project. With express lanes, express bus service and a bike/pedestrian greenway, the project improves multimodal travel for the region. RS&H served as lead designer and owner’s representative for the private-public partnership project.

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