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Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in Big Sur competing for national transportation award 

Public’s online votes will determine winner

–Caltrans is asking the public to vote for the project in Big Sur, one of 12 projects competing nationally for the Socrata People’s Choice Award for the nation’s best transportation project.

“This is exciting! We’re very proud of this project,” said Caltrans Director Laurie Berman. “The Big Sur community was cut off. We needed to make sure that the bridge was replaced as soon as possible—and we did.”

The project was completed in just eight months, a process that would normally take about eight years.

The national competition is sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Socrata, AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Public voting is the final phase of the 11th annual America’s Transportation Awards competition. The 12 competing projects were winners in four regional competitions. The three highest-scoring projects in each regional contest became the competition’s Top 12 and now compete for the national Grand Prize and the Socrata People’s Choice Award, both of which come with a $10,000 check for a charity or a transportation-related scholarship of the winners’ choosing.

Caltrans has selected the California Transportation Foundation (CTF) to receive the prize money if the Pfeiffer Bridge replacement project wins. CTF is the leading charitable transportation organization in the state and supports California’s transportation community in many ways, including scholarships for students pursuing transportation careers and financial assistance to workers injured on the job and to the families of transportation workers who were killed on the job.

“CTF has been a great support to people working in, and students pursuing careers in, the transportation field,” said Berman. “CTF has helped so many of our workers and their families, and we would be honored to present them with a $10,000 check so they can continue their great work.”

Anyone can vote on any number of projects, once per day. You can vote again for the same project(s) after 24 hours. Voting will close Sept. 22 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time.

Online votes will be weighted to each state’s population, allowing for greater competition between states with larger and smaller populations. Winners will be announced Sept. 23.

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