California Department of Transportation
 

Now Accepting Submissions for the 2014 Caltrans Excellence in Transportation Awards

 

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is seeking entries for its 2014 Excellence in Transportation Awards Program.  Now in its 28th year, the awards program honors the best of California’s transportation projects from across the State.  Please give thoughtful consideration to the projects in your jurisdiction eligible to compete in this year’s competition.  Guidelines and all forms necessary to apply are available below.  

The Excellence in Transportation Awards Program is open to Caltrans districts, local and public transportation agencies, and private engineering and consulting firms.  Public transportation improvements or projects currently in use and completed since January 1, 2011, are eligible.  The deadline is Monday, February 24, 2014.

We look forward to viewing your entries of the finest projects from your district, agency or organization.

PURPOSE

The Excellence in Transportation competition is conducted annually by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to recognize excellence in transportation design, construction, traffic operations, maintenance, planning, and improvements throughout California.

ELIGIBILITY

Caltrans districts and corporate programs, local agencies and others, including their consultants and contractors, may enter any project located in California designed or constructed by that agency, firm, or person(s). The entry must be a public transportation improvement or new project completed in the last three calendar years inclusive of the current year, and presently in use. Projects submitted in previous competitions may be resubmitted if completed during the aforementioned time span. Winning projects from previous years are ineligible. A project may be entered in one category only.

ENTRY DEADLINE

Applications must be received by the Caltrans Awards Coordinator by close of business Monday, February 24, 2014.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Entries must consist of the following, arranged in the order list below:

  • Six collated sets.  Each set shall include the following:
    Summary  page 1 – description of project to be placed on awards website if winning entry
    Criteria narrative pages 2-3
    List of entities and individuals contributing to the project
    If Caltrans entry, District/Program Director or Division Chief signed approval form Two color photographs ~ photocopies acceptable ~ displaying two different views of the project
    CD, which includes all of the above.  In addition, CD shall include a high resolution copy of the photographs being submitted.
    • All pictures taken by photographers other than Caltrans staff photographers must include a signed photographer’s release giving Caltrans the right to use and reproduce the photos without an additional charge (photographer’s release form available on Caltrans Excellence Awards website).
    • Label each photograph with project title, location, award category, and name of entrant.
    • If using Caltrans photographs, identifying data assigned by photo lab must appear on back of photos.
    • Collages of smaller pictures may be submitted.
    • All materials entered become the property of Caltrans and will not be returned.

CATEGORIES

1. Intermodal Transportation System - Integrating motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians, persons with disabilities, rail, and transit modes

General Criteria

  1. Engage stakeholders to understand local/regional intermodal transportation needs and gain project support
  2. Connectivity with other transportation modes
  3. Effectiveness in reducing highway congestion
  4. Enhancement of the transportation system
  5. Innovative materials or processes and improvements to worker and traveler safety

Scoring Criteria

  1. Successfully engaged stakeholders to address local/regional intermodal transportation issues and integrate project to its surroundings.
  2. Provides connectivity with other transportation modes.
  3. Demonstrates effectiveness in reducing highway congestion, including providing options to single occupancy vehicle use.
  4. Demonstrates enhancement of the transportation system.
  5. Demonstrates use of innovative materials or processes, demonstrates safety improvements for travelers and workers, and reduces or eliminates recurring maintenance activities and worker exposure to motorists.

2. The Highway-Rural Context

General Criteria

  1. Engage stakeholders to understand local/regional rural context, gain project support and address relationship of project to its rural surroundings
  2. Provide travel options and local and regional connectivity
  3. Alignment and design enhance visual and scenic quality
  4. Preservation of environmental, natural, cultural and historic resources, and use of native vegetation or non-native site appropriate vegetation
  5. Innovative materials or processes to improve worker and traveler safety

Scoring Criteria

  1. Successfully engaged stakeholders to address community/regional rural context and integrate project to its rural surroundings.
  2. Enhances transportation system with travel options and local and regional connectivity.
  3. Use of alignment and design enhances visual and scenic quality.
  4. Roadway and roadside design support preservation of environmental, natural, cultural or historic resources through use of innovative products, materials, procedures and processes, preservation and use of native vegetation or non-native site appropriate vegetation to minimize supplemental irrigation. 
  5. Demonstrates use of innovative materials or processes that improve worker and traveler safety.

3. The Highway-Urban Context

General Criteria

  1. Engage stakeholders to understand local/regional urban context, gain project support, and address relationship of project to its urban surroundings
  2. Effective congestion relief
  3. Safety improvements for workers and travelers
  4. Preservation of the environment through innovative use of materials and processes
  5. Enhancement of the transportation system through provisions for travel options and local and regional connectivity

Scoring Criteria

  1. Successfully engaged stakeholders to address urban context and integrate project to its urban surrounding.
  2. Provides effective congestion relief, including options to single occupancy vehicle use.
  3. Innovative design provides safety improvements for workers and travelers and reduces or eliminates recurring maintenance activities and worker exposure to motorists.
  4. Demonstrates improvement or protection of the environment through innovative use of materials and processes.
  5. Enhances the transportation system through provisions for multiple travel options and local and regional connectivity.

4. Major Structures - Bridges, tunnels, overpasses, interchanges, etc.

General Criteria

  1. Engage stakeholders to understand the structure’s context and address relationship of the structure to its surroundings
  2. Address local/regional mobility needs
  3. Visual impact mitigation and scenic preservation or enhancement
  4. Selection of structural configuration and materials
  5. Innovative design or construction methods

Scoring Criteria

  1. Successfully engaged stakeholders and integrate structure to its surroundings.
  2. Provides travel options to meet local and regional mobility needs.
  3. Avoids or mitigates visual impacts and preserve or enhance scenic quality.
  4. Use of selection of structural configuration and materials to reflect the local context.
  5. Use of innovative design or construction materials, methods, and processes.

5. Stewardship of the Environment

General Criteria

  1. Engage stakeholders to understand local/regional stewardship issues and gain project support
  2. Address greenhouse gas emissions
  3. Plant selection benefits the corridor or region
  4. Use of recycled materials, local resources, conservation of natural resources, and other environmental mitigation, protection or enhancement
  5. Improves water quality and reduces or prevents environmental pollutants

Scoring Criteria

  1. Successfully engaged stakeholders to address stewardship goals.
  2. Provides greenhouse gas emission reductions, including options to single occupancy vehicle use.
  3. Preservation or use of native or non-native site appropriate plants that are adapted to thrive in the project’s environment, help reduce maintenance requirements, and minimize supplemental irrigation.
  4. Effectively uses recycled materials, local resources, conserves natural resources, and other environmental mitigation, protection or enhancement.
  5. Uses cost-effective and innovative materials and processes for source control, water quality improvement and reducing or preventing environmental pollutants.

6. Transportation Related Facilities-Noise barriers, safety roadside rests areas, pedestrian & bicycle facilities, parking facilities, vista points, sno-parks, etc.

General Criteria

  1. Engage stakeholders to understand local/regional transportation related facility needs, gain project support, and address relationship of the transportation related facility to its surroundings
  2. Enhance transportation system through the transportation related facility
  3. Compatibility with the natural and built environment
  4. Innovative design or construction methods, worker and traveler safety improvements
  5. Quality of user experience

Scoring Criteria

  1. Successfully engaged stakeholders to understand local/regional transportation related facility needs and integrate project to its surroundings.
  2. Enhances the transportation system by providing transportation related facility that is safe, accessible and functional to meet local and regional traveler needs.
  3. Design provides compatibility with or preservation of the natural and built environment reflects local/regional character, use of local resources or recycled materials, and other environmental protection or enhancement
  4. Use of innovative design or construction methods or materials, demonstrates safety improvements for travelers and workers and reduces or eliminates recurring maintenance activities and worker exposure to motorists.
  5. Demonstrates enhanced quality of user experience.

7. Transportation System Operations Improvements

General Criteria

  1. Engage stakeholders to understand local/regional transportation systems operations needs
  2. Transportation system operational improvements, cost savings
  3. Improved transportation system performance
  4. Improved or innovative procedure, material or equipment
  5. Wide applicability for use on other projects

Scoring Criteria

  1. Successfully engaged stakeholders to address local/regional transportation systems operations improvements.
  2. Demonstrates cost effective transportation system operational improvements.
  3. Demonstrates improved transportation system performance for multi-modal travel.
  4. Demonstrates use of improved or innovative procedures, materials or equipment.
  5. Demonstrates wide applicability for use on other projects.

8. Traveler and Worker Safety

General Criteria

  1. Engage stakeholders to address traveler and worker safety issues in roadway and roadside design, practices and activities
  2. Reduction in traveler and worker incidents/injuries
  3. Cost-effective
  4. Improved or innovative procedure, material or equipment
  5. Broad applicability for use on other projects

Scoring Criteria

  1. Successfully engaged stakeholders to address traveler and worker safety issues in roadway and roadside design, practices and activities in transportation solution.
  2. Demonstrates innovative safety provisions that result in the reduction in traveler and worker incidents/injuries and reduces or eliminates recurring maintenance activities and worker exposure to motorists.
  3. Demonstrates cost effective transportation system and safety improvements for travelers and workers and reduces or eliminates recurring maintenance activities and worker exposure to motorists.
  4. Demonstrates use of improved or innovative procedures, materials or equipment.
  5. Demonstrates wide applicability for use on other projects.

9. Community Enhancement

General Criteria

  1. Engage stakeholders to understand local/regional community context, gain project support and understand relationship of project to surroundings
  2. Integrate and balance community aesthetic, historic, environmental and livability goals with transportation safety, maintenance, performance and mobility goals
  3. Consistency with the context
  4. Application of design flexibility
  5. Applicability for use on other projects

Scoring Criteria

  1. Successfully engaged stakeholders to understand local/regional community context, gain project support, and integrate project to its surroundings.
  2. Successfully integrates and balances community aesthetic, historic, environmental and livability goals with transportation safety, maintenance, performance and mobility goals
  3. Demonstrates consistency with the context.
  4. Demonstrates successful application of design flexibility.
  5. Demonstrates applicability of stakeholder involvement processes, techniques, methods, and tools that can be applied to other projects. 

10.Maintenance–Operations or Equipment

General Criteria

  1. Engage stakeholders to understand maintenance operations or equipment issues
  2. Roadside management, roadway maintenance, litter reduction, environmental pollutants, water quality, community outreach, resource conservation, cost reduction, worker and traveler safety improvement, and other worker, traveler and user benefits
  3. Unique or improved procedures or practices
  4. Improved public relations
  5. Innovative use of equipment and materials

Scoring Criteria

  1. Successfully engaged stakeholders to address maintenance operations or equipment issues.
  2. Demonstrates improvements in roadside management, roadway maintenance, litter and environmental pollutant reduction, water quality, community outreach, resource conservation, cost reduction, and worker, user and traveler safety improvements and other benefits.
  3. Implementation of unique or improved procedures or practices.
  4. Demonstrates improved public relations.
  5. Demonstrates use of innovative equipment and materials.

11. Highway As Main Street

General Criteria

  1. Engage stakeholders to understand local and regional main street context, gain project support, and address relationship of project to surroundings
  2. Application of flexibility in design
  3. Collaborative opportunities
  4. Enhance community identity
  5. Stewardship of natural, economic and social resources

Scoring Criteria

  1. Successfully engaged stakeholders to address main street context and integrate project to its surroundings.
  2. Effective use of flexibility in design to meet transportation and community goals.
  3. Provides collaborative opportunities for funding, ownership, maintenance and operations.
  4. Improved community identity by reflecting local or regional context.
  5. Provides multi-modal travel options, use of recycled materials or other conservation methods, improve air and water quality, community and public health economic benefits, cost-effective and streamlined construction and maintenance activities, inclusive access to the transportation network, and creating a valuable public place.

12. Transportation Innovations to Improve Mobility Across California

General Criteria

  1. Engage stakeholders to address roadway and roadside design, functional, safety, maintenance and operations or other mobility issues using innovative crosscutting, solution driven, integrated multi-modal approaches to improve mobility
  2. New and improved products, materials, procedures, and processes
  3. Responsive to unique or unusual situations
  4. Preserves or protects the environment
  5. Enhances worker and traveler safety and system preservation or protection

Scoring Criteria

  1. Successfully engaged stakeholders to address roadway and roadside design, functional, safety, maintenance and operations or other mobility issues using innovative crosscutting, solution driven, and integrated multi-modal approaches to improve mobility
  2. Demonstrates new and improved products, materials, procedures, and processes.
  3. Provides responsive and well executed solutions to unique or unusual situations.
  4. Demonstrates preservation or protection of the environment.
  5. Provides cost-effective and enduring/ long-lasting provisions for worker and traveler safety and system preservation or protection.

13. Seismic

General Criteria

  1. Innovative retrofit and design techniques
  2. Reduce visual impact and preservation or enhancement of scenic quality
  3. Cost effective methods of retrofit
  4. Unique or unusual challenges
  5. Preservation of environmental,  natural, cultural and historic resources

Scoring Criteria

  1. Demonstrates innovative retrofit and design techniques.
  2. Avoids or mitigates visual impacts and preserves or enhances scenic quality.
  3. Uses innovative materials and processes for cost effective methods of retrofit.
  4. Implements methods, materials, procedures or processes for overcoming unique or unusual challenges.
  5. Seismic design supports preservation of environmental, natural, cultural or historic resources.

14. Public Awareness - Effort to inform or engage the public of transportation projects, initiatives, or programs

General Criteria

  1. Purpose, planning, objectives and goals of public awareness effort
  2. Originality, creativity, and clarity of message to target audience
  3. Cost effectiveness
  4. Benefit to the public and stakeholders
  5. Effectiveness/Results

Scoring Criteria

  1. Describes analysis or research to determine need and strategy, including collaboration with stakeholders, for the public awareness effort to meet traveler and public needs.
  2. Demonstrates originality and creativity and message was clear to targeted audience.
  3. Demonstrates cost effectiveness by maximizing communication to the identified audience through development, execution and delivery of project, initiative or program.
  4. Demonstrates benefit to the public and/or stakeholders.
  5. Demonstrates effectiveness and identifies/quantifies measurable results in achieving overall success of the program.

JUDGING

Winning entries will be selected by an expert panel of judges.  Award winners will be announced in April.

RECOGNITION AND AWARD

One award will be given in each category.  Awards will consist of a recognition certificate for each organization (maximum of four per project) and individual (maximum ten per project) listed on the entry form who contributed to the winning project.

SEND ENTRIES TO:

Awards Coordinator
Caroline Moreno
California Department of Transportation
1120 N Street, Room 1202, MS 49
Sacramento, CA  95814

APPLICATIONS AND FORMS

  1. Intermodal Transportation System
  2. The Highway-Rural Context
  3. The Highway-Urban Context
  4. Major Structures-Bridges, tunnels, overpasses, interchanges, etc.
  5. Stewardship of the Environment
  6. Transportation Related Facilities
  7. Transportation System Operations Improvements
  8. Traveler and Worker Safety
  9. Community Enhancement
  10. MaintenanceľOperations or Equipment
  11. Highway As Main Street
  12. Transportation Innovations to Improve Mobility Across California
  13. Seismic
  14. Public Awareness

QUESTIONS

Please email: caroline.moreno@dot.ca.gov or call 916.653.8879