|For Immediate Release
September 1, 2011
Public Information Office
|I-95 Open Road Tolling Project Among Nation's "Top 10 Projects"
Judged For "On Time", "Under Budget" And "Innovative Management"
The first highway speed tolling facility in New England has been recognized as one of America's top transportation projects.
The conversion of the Hampton Toll Plaza on Interstate 95 (Blue Star Turnpike) to Open Road Tolling (ORT) was selected as one of the top ten transportation projects in the country in this year's competition based upon judging in three categories: "on time", "under budget", and "innovative management".
The 10 finalists in the 2011 America’s Transportation Awards competition now compete for a national Grand Prize selected by a panel of judges, and a "People's Choice Award" that will be decided by popular vote.
Online voting begins today and will continue through October 7, 2011 at www.AmericasTransportationAward.org. The competition is sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The $17 million project to convert the Hampton toll plaza to Open Road Tolling was successfully completed on a fast-tracked 16-month design and construction schedule. The project was successfully opened to traffic in June of 2010. Hampton's ORT lanes have significantly improved travel during the busiest months of the year (July and August) when daily traffic averages nearly 88,000 vehicles, and peaks over 100,000 vehicles on summer weekends.