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2017 Caltrans Excellence in Transportation (EIT) Awards
Now Accepting Submissions
Deadline: Monday, February 27, 2017

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is seeking entries for its 2017 Caltrans Excellence in Transportation (EIT) Awards Program. Now in its 31st year, the awards program honors the best of California’s transportation projects from across the State.

The Caltrans EIT 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, 2014 are eligible. The deadline is Monday, February 27, 2017.



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.

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

Purpose

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

Entry Deadline

Applications must be received by the Caltrans Awards Coordinator by close of business Monday, February 27, 2017.

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 Requirements

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

1. Six collated sets* (no staples or binding). Each set shall include the following:

  1. Summary page 1 – description of project to be placed on awards website if winning entry
  2. Criteria narrative pages 2-3
  3. List of organizations and individuals contributing to the project
  4. If Caltrans entry, District/Program Director or Division Chief signed approval form
  5. Color 8 x 10 photographs displaying different views of the project, with at least one being landscape
    • photocopies acceptable only if high resolution copies of photos are included on a CD
    • 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.
    • 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 for photograph
    • Literature (pamphlets/brochures) about the project if applicable

2. A CD/DVD that includes all of the above, along with a summary and criteria in a Word document

* NOTE: Category 13 - Public Awareness Campaigns, each collated set must include, in addition to items noted above, a CD/DVD that contains copies of printed collateral, PSA, radio spots, etc.

Photgraph Copyright Release Caltrans District Program Approval Form



EIT Award Categories

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

General Criteria

  • Engage stakeholders to understand local/regional intermodal transportation needs and gain project support
  • Connectivity with ohter transportation modes
  • Effectiveness in reducing highway congestion
  • Enhancement of the transportation system
  • Innovative materials or processes and improvements to worker and traveler safety

Scoring Criteria

  • Successfully engaged stakeholders to address local/regional intermodal transportation issues and integrate project to its surroundings
  • Provides connectivity with other transportation modes
  • Demonstrates effectiveness in reducing highway congestion, including providing options to single occupancy vehicle use
  • Demonstrates enhancement of the transportation system
  • 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

Printable Category 1 Entry Form




Category 2 - Highway-Rural

General Criteria

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

Scoring Criteria

  • Successfully engages stakeholders to address community/regional rural context and integrate project to its rural surroundings
  • Enhances transportation system with travel options and local and regional connectivity.
  • Use of alignment and design enhances visual and scenic quality.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrates use of innovative materials or processes that improve worker and traveler safety.

Printable Category 2 Entry Form




Category 3 - Highway-Urban

General Criteria

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

Scoring Criteria

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

Printable Category 3 Entry Form




Category 4 - Major Structures Bridges, Tunnels, Overpasses, Interchanges, etc.

General Criteria

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

Scoring Criteria

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

Printable Category 4 Entry Form




Category 5 - Stewardship of the Environment

General Criteria

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

Scoring Criteria

  • Successfully engaged stakeholders to address stewardship goals
  • Provides greenhouse gas emission reductions, including options to single occupancy vehicle use.
  • 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
  • Effectively uses recycled materials, local resources, conserves natural resources, and other environmental mitigation, protection or enhancement
  • Uses cost-effective and innovative materials and processes for source control, water quality improvement and reducing or preventing environmental pollutants

Printable Category 5 Entry Form




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

General Criteria

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

Scoring Criteria

  • Successfully engaged stakeholders to understand local/regional transportation related facility needs and integrate project to its surroundings
  • Enhances the transportation system by providing transportation related facility that is safe, accessible and functional to meet local and regional traveler needs.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Demonstrates enhanced quality of user experience.

Printable Category 6 Entry Form




Category 7 - Transportation System Operations Improvements

General Criteria

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

Scoring Criteria

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

Printable Category 7 Entry Form




Category 8 - Traveler and Worker Safety

General Criteria

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

Scoring Criteria

  • Successfully engaged stakeholders to address traveler and worker safety issues in roadway and roadside design, practices and activities in transportation solution
  • 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
  • Demonstrates cost effective transportation system and safety improvements for travelers and workers and reduces or eliminates recurring maintenance activities and worker exposure to motorists
  • Demonstrates use of improved or innovative procedures, materials or equipment
  • Demonstrates wide applicability for use on other projects

Printable Category 8 Entry Form




Category 9 - Community Enhancement

General Criteria

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

Scoring Criteria

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

Printable Category 9 Entry Form




Category 10 - Maintenance Operations or Equipment

General Criteria

  • Engage stakeholders to understand maintenance operations or equipment issues
  • 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
  • Unique or improved procedures or practices
  • Improved public relations
  • Innovative use of equipment and materials

Scoring Criteria

  • Successfully engaged stakeholders to address maintenance operations or equipment issues
  • 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.
  • Implementation of unique or improved procedures or practices
  • Demonstrates improved public relations
  • Demonstrates use of innovative equipment and materials

Printable Category 10 Entry Form




Category 11 - Highway As Main Street

General Criteria

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

Scoring Criteria

  • Successfully engaged stakeholders to address main street context and integrate project to its surroundings
  • Effective use of flexibility in design to meet transportation and community goals
  • Provides collaborative opportunities for funding, ownership, maintenance and operations
  • Improved community identity by reflecting local or regional context
  • 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

Printable Category 11 Entry Form




Categorty 12 - Transportation Innovations to Improve Mobility Across California

General Criteria

  • 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
  • New and improved products, materials, procedures, and processes
  • Responsive to unique or unusual situations
  • Preserves or protects the environment
  • Enhances worker and traveler safety and system preservation or protection

Scoring Criteria

  • 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
  • Demonstrates new and improved products, materials, procedures, and processes
  • Provides responsive and well executed solutions to unique or unusual situations
  • Demonstrates preservation or protection of the environment
  • Provides cost-effective and enduring/long-lasting provisions for worker and traveler safety and system preservation or protection

Printable Category 12 Entry Form




Category 13 - Public Awareness Efforts to inform or engage the public of transportation projects, initiatives, or programs

General Criteria

  • Purpose, planning, objectives and goals of public awareness effort
  • Originality, creativity, and clarity of message to target audience
  • Cost effectiveness
  • Benefit to the public and stakeholders
  • Effectiveness/Results

Scoring Criteria

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

Printable Category 13 Entry Form




Entry Forms

Other Forms

Additional Information

Judging

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

Recognition and Awards

One award will be given in each category.

Awards will consist of a plaque for each organization (maximum of four per project) and certificates for individuals (maximum ten per project) who contributed to the winning project as noted on the submission.

Send Entries to:

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

2017 Caltrans Outstanding Management and Engineering in Transportation Awards
Now Accepting Submissions
Deadline: Monday, March 13, 2017

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is now accepting nominations for its 2017 Outstanding Management and Engineering in Transportation Awards, also known as the Purcell, Roberts, Moskowitz and Rhyner Awards. These awards recognize valued contributions to the field of transportation by Caltrans registered engineers, engineering managers and non-engineering managers. All nominations must be received by Monday, March 13, 2017.



General Criteria

Nominees must have made a major contribution to the transportation field. The contribution may represent either a lifetime of accomplishment in the field or a single extraordinary achievement.

Deadline

Entries must be received by close of business Monday, March 13, 2017.

Scoring Criteria

  • Contribution to the field of transportation engineering and California’s transportation program management
  • Contributions to the field of transportation management through effective and exemplary leadership
  • Innovation in design, process, procedure or standards
  • Publications, papers, presentations and affiliations
  • Public benefits derived from individual’s area of responsibility

Nominations will be reviewed, and winners will be selected by a panel of judges representative of the varied disciplines that each award honors. The awards will be presented at the California Transportation Foundation’s annual transportation awards banquet in Sacramento on Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

Applications Must Include

  • A completed entry form
  • A typewritten statement, 2 pages or less (with font no less than 12 points), describing the outstanding achievement or contribution made by the nominee to the transportation program in California based on the scoring criteria.
  • Seven (7) copies of the above mailed to:

    Angela Tillotson, Awards Liaison
    Department of Transportation
    1120 N Street, Room MS 49
    Sacramento, CA 95814

The Awards

Charles H. Purcell Award

The Charles H. Purcell Award recognizes valued contributions by Caltrans engineering managers to the field of transportation engineering and transportation program management. Purcell served as California’ State Highway Engineer from 1928 to 1943 and as Director of Public Works until 1951. He established California’s extraordinary record of leadership and integrity in transportation engineering and guided the construction of the San Francisco Bay Bridge and the State’s Freeway System.

Eligibility

Nominees for the Charles H. Purcell Engineering Management Award must be a Caltrans employee at the Supervising Engineer level or above at the time of nomination. Nominations will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Former employees on contract or working as retired annuitants are not eligible.

Printable Entry Form: Charles H. Purcell Award




James E. Roberts Award

The James E. Roberts Award annually recognizes outstanding contributions by Caltrans registered engineers to the field of transportation structures. Mr. Roberts served as a structural engineer and manager for over half a century, including fifteen years as California’s State Bridge Engineer. He spearheaded Caltrans’ $4.5 billion seismic retrofit program and oversaw nearly $50 million in seismic research projects. He was named to the National Academy of Engineering in 1996; the only state employed engineer to be so honored. Mr. Roberts retired in 2001 as Chief Deputy Director.

Eligibility

Nominees for the James E. Roberts Structure Engineering Award must be a Principle Engineer or below at the time of nomination. Nominations will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Former employees on contract or working as retired annuitants are not eligible.

Printable Entry Form: James E. Roberts Award




Karl Moskowitz Award

The Karl Moskowitz Award annually recognizes contributions by Caltrans registered engineers to the field of transportation engineering. Mr. Moskowitz served as a traffic engineer for the State Department of Transportation for 27 years. Much of his work in freeway design and traffic flow appeared at the outset of the Interstate Highway program and was used extensively by planners and engineers nationwide, thus becoming national standards. He conceived the idea of computer-controlled lane metering systems.

Eligibility

Nominees for the Karl Moskowitz Engineering Award must be a Supervising Engineer level or below at the time of nomination. Nominations will be evaluated case-by-case. Former employees on contract or working as retired annuitants are not eligible.

Printable Entry Form: Karl Moskowitz Award




Emerson Rhyner Award

The Emerson Rhyner Award recognizes contributions to the transportation field by non-engineering Caltrans managers. This may include, but is not limited to, surveyors, architects, lawyers, planners, landscape architects, administrators, right-of-way agents, maintenance managers, rail, aeronautics, and mass transportation managers. Mr. Rhyner was Deputy Chief of the Division of Right of Way/Legal Division for California’s highway program in the early 1960s. He represented the Department in legislative affairs, acting as a liaison to the Legislature as well as representing the State’s transportation interests in Washington D.C. His efforts helped define the relationship between state and national interests and established the roles of state and local governments in the early days of freeway system development.

Eligibility

Nominees for the Emerson Rhyner Management Award must be a non-engineering Caltrans employee at the manager level or above at the time of nomination. Consideration will be given to senior level staff who are not managers and who have made a significant and lasting contribution to their field of transportation. Nominations will be evaluated case-by-case. Former employees on contract or working as retired annuitants are not eligible.

Printable Entry Form: Emerson Rhyner Award




Guidelines

Entry Deadline

Applications must be received by the Caltrans Awards Coordinator by close of business Monday, March 13, 2017.

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Contact Information

Physical Address:

California Department of Transportation
1120 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Mailing Address:

California Department of Transportation
1120 N Street
MS 49
Sacramento, CA 95814

General Information:

Phone: (916) 653-8879
Fax: (916) 654-4358
TTY: (916) 653-4086

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