WASHINGTON – Two aesthetically intriguing photographs and two compelling videos won top prizes in the Faces of Transportation competition sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation officials.
The photographs taken on opposite sides of the country of people interacting with bridges won the Grand Prize and the People’s Choice Awards. A judge selected the Grand Prize photograph and more than 11,000 online votes decided the People’s Choice award winner. Three other photographs capturing highway construction workers and citizens using transportation facilities in their communities also received awards.
Twenty-nine transportation department employees from 17 states and four private citizens submitted 88 photographs and 14 videos in the competition. The photographic entries were judged in three categories: Quality of Life/Community Development, Historic Projects, and Taking the Road Less Traveled. Videos competed in two categories: Professional Production and In-House/Amateur/Novice.
A section of a bridge being moved into place on the State Road 826/State Road 836 Interchange Reconstruction Project. There are 45 bridges in the project. The gantry was used to construct 4 of them because the confined space below precluded the use of cranes.
The Grand Prize in the photography competition was awarded to Florida Department of Transportation Photographer Sally Dobson for her photograph of a section of bridge being moved into place during the State Road 826/836 Interchange Reconstruction Project in Miami, Florida.
The evening before the official opening of the new Bay Bridge an amazing sunset back lit both the new and old bridge. The opening of the new bridge and decommissioning of the old bridge marked the end of the 76 year Bay Area icon.
The People’s Choice Award was presented to photographer Karl Nielsen who captured a dramatic sunset the evening before the opening of the new San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge.
Bay Area residents John Davidson and Thalia Pascalides enjoy cycling on the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Pedestrian and Bicycle Pathway on October 14, 2013. Since opening on September 2, 2013 many cyclists have enjoyed breathtaking vistas from the new bridge and observed demolition of the old Bay Bridge.
Last year’s Grand Prize winner, Caltrans photographer Bill Hall, was this year awarded a prize in the Quality of Life/Community Development category for his picture of two bicyclists using the bicycle/pedestrian pathway on the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge.
US 80 was intended to be a cross-continental highway. Also known as the Dixie-Overland Highway, it was built in the early 1920’s. When built, this bridge was the longest in AZ. Because of Interstate 8, the highway was decommissioned in 1956. The bridge is part of the National Register of Historic Places.
Historic Projects: US Route 80/Dixie Overland Highway Bridge—photographer John Dougherty of the Arizona Department of Transportation captured a bridge built in the early 1920s as part of this historic highway, which was the longest in Arizona. Though the highway was decommissioned in 1956 due to the construction of Interstate 8, the bridge is part of the National Register of Historic Places.
A new stretch of bike path provides access to several beautiful Lake Tahoe, Nevada beaches. This photo was taken during the Stateline Bikeway dedication ceremony. Nevada DOT has been instrumental in America’s Most Beautiful Bikeway that will eventually circumnavigate the lake.
Taking the Road Less Traveled: Lake Tahoe Bike Path—photographer Julie Duewel from the Nevada Department of Transportation took this photograph of a new stretch of bike path that provides access to several beautiful Lake Tahoe, Nevada beaches. The photo was taken during the Stateline Bikeway dedication ceremony. NDOT has been instrumental in America’s Most Beautiful Bikeway, which will eventually circumnavigate the lake.
The photographs were judged by Pam Burks, an accomplished photographer living in Maryland.
In the video competition, the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department won in Professional Production category for its high quality production highlighting the Arkansas Razorback Regional Greenway project.
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) won in the In-House Production/Amateur/Novice category for its innovative Underwater Bridge Inspection video, part of the “On the Job with Caltrans” series, developed to highlight the wide variety of jobs that Caltrans workers perform.
The videos were judged by AASHTO Media Relations Manager Tony Dorsey, a former television reporter/anchor at the NBC station in Washington D.C.
To view all of the entries in this year’s competition, visit the Faces of Transportation blog at http://www.facesoftransportation.org.