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Submissions for the 2018 Caltrans Excellence in
Transportation Awards

The 2018 Caltrans Excellence in Transportation awards program is closed. Visit our winners page to view photos and descriptions of the 2018 winning projects.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is seeking entries for its 2018 Caltrans Excellence in Transportation (EIT) Awards Program. Now in its 32nd 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, 2015, are eligible.

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.

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

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.

Applications must be have been received by the Caltrans Awards Coordinator by close of business Friday, March 2, 2018.


All materials entered become the property of Caltrans, and will not be returned.

For each category’s general and scoring criteria, please click the link beneath the category section.

  1. Intermodal Transportation System - Integrating motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians, persons with disabilities, rail, and transit modes
  2. Category 1: Intermodal Transportation System general and scoring criteria

  3. The Highway-Rural Context
  4. Category 2: The Highway—Rural general and scoring criteria

  5. The Highway-Urban Context
  6. Category 3: The Highway—Urban general and scoring criteria

  7. Major Structures-Bridges, tunnels, overpasses, interchanges, etc.
  8. Category 4: Major Structures general and scoring criteria

  9. Stewardship of the Environment
  10. Category 5: Stewardship of the Environment general and scoring criteria

  11. Transportation Related Facilities—Safety roadside rests areas, pedestrian & bicycle facilities, parking facilities, vista points, sno-parks, etc.
  12. Category 6: Transportation-Related Facilities general and scoring criteria

  13. Transportation System Operations Improvements
  14. Category 7: Transportation System Operations Improvements general and scoring criteria

  15. Traveler and Worker Safety
  16. Category 8: Traveler and Worker Safety general and scoring criteria

  17. Community Enhancement
  18. Category 9: Community Enhancement general and scoring criteria

  19. Maintenance–Operations or Equipment
  20. Category 10: Maintenance—Operations or Equipment general and scoring criteria

  21. Highway as Main Street
  22. Category 11: Highway as Main Street general and scoring criteria

  23. Transportation Innovations to Improve Mobility Across California
  24. Category 12: Transportations Innovations general and scoring criteria

  25. Public Awareness - Effort to inform or engage the public of transportation projects, initiatives, or programs
  26. Category 13: Public Awareness general and scoring criteria

Winning entries will be selected by an expert panel of judges.

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 10 per project) who contributed to the winning project as noted on the submission.

For questions, please email Angela Tillotson at

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