The Virginia Department of Transportation was one of just six state DOTs recognized this week as winners of the America's Transportation Awards' southeastern regional competition. The project was featured as the Public Works July 2009 cover story.

VDOT was honored in the Innovative Management category for its Battlefield Boulevard Chesapeake Project in Hampton Roads. The $103 million design-bid-build project was completed in June 2009 and eliminated 120,000 vehicle miles, saving 20,000 gallons of fuel through an innovative approach that allowed nearly 90% of the lanes to be built in a single phase and reduced the number of traffic shifts.

The southern half of Virginia's Hampton Roads region will account for more than 60% of the entire region's overall growth through 2012.

"These projects represent a tremendous value to the taxpayer and illustrate the complex tasks that go into modernizing and maintaining the nation's system of highways and bridges," said John Horsley, executive director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.