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Maryland Department of Transportation Continues Its Award-Winning Ways

 

MDOT and Business Units Have Won Nearly 300 Awards Since January 2015

HANOVER, MD – From a project that replaced an antiquated Eastern Shore bridge to another that established a one-stop shop for payment of vehicle insurance fees, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) continues to win acclaim for its initiatives and innovations. Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn today announced MDOT has received 292 awards and acknowledgements from January 2015 through mid-September of this year.

“These awards recognize our success in meeting the transportation needs of Marylanders and connecting them to life’s opportunities,” Secretary Rahn said.

The awards are for MDOT’s multimillion-dollar transit projects, safety and security measures, highway construction programs and advertising campaigns. The honors showcase the state’s commitment to safety, sustainability, infrastructure, customer service and economic prosperity.

For example: The MDOT State Highway Administration’s (MDOT SHA) $65.4 million project replacing the Dover Bridge, an antiquated swing bridge, with a modern fixed span bridge is among the 12 finalists in the America’s Transportation Awards competition. The project was already honored in the contest with a Quality of Life/Community Development award earlier this summer.

In addition, the Severn River Bridge won an America’s Transportation Operations Excellence award. America’s Transportation Awards are sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Other awards included:

  • The Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) won an American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) Customer Convenience award for its one stop shop insurance compliance payment system. It allows customers to pay insurance fees online or at a kiosk, have flags removed from their account and complete registration – all within the same transaction.
     
  • The Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore’s state-owned public marine terminals received a top security rating from the U.S. Coast Guard for the 10th consecutive year. The Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA) oversees the Port’s public terminals and has moved forward in recent years with many new security initiatives and enhancements, including closed circuit television, cybersecurity and stronger access control technologies.
  • The Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) won a Maryland Quality Initiative (MdQI) Award of Excellence for Projects under $5 Million for Light RailLink track emergency repairs.

  • BWI Marshall Airport continued to win accolades for its retail and food program. Among the honors were ranking in the top 10 for dining, shopping and an airport bar in USA Today's 2019 Readers Choice Awards. The Maryland Aviation Administration (MDOT MAA) owns and operates the airport.

  • The Maryland Transportaton Authority’s (MDTA) Meshelle M.V. Howard won a Women Who Move the Nation Award for Public Transportation from the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO). The award honors women who have made extraordinary contributions to the transportation industry across both public and private sectors, government and academia, including aviation, highways, public transportation, labor and advocacy.

Below is a complete list of the awards and recognitions earned to date in 2019. See links at the bottom for MDOT’s previous awards.

MDOT Motor Vehicle Administration

March: Top 100 Women, The Daily Record, Dr. Gina Pervall.
May: American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA), Community Service Award, Homeless Resource Day.
May: American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA), Customer Convenience Award, one stop shop insurance compliance payment system.
June: Automobile License Plate Collectors Association (ALPCA) Best Plate of 2018 Award, Protect the Chesapeake license plate design.

MDOT Maryland Transit Administration

February: Maryland Quality Initiative (MdQI), Awards of Excellence Projects under $5 Million, Light RailLink track emergency repairs.
February: American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), 2019 Outstanding Project, Howard Street audible/visual pedestrian traffic warning sign.
June: American Public Transportation Association (APTA) International Rail Rodeo Operators Competition, third place, MDOT MTA Light RailLink operator team.
June: MDOT Environmental Excellence Awards, Environmental Quality Award, virtual NEPA application pilot project.
June: MDOT Environmental Excellence Awards, Sustainability Award (shared with MDOT MPA), Masonville Cove capping and soil reuse.

MDOT State Highway Administration 

January: National Asphalt Pavement Association, Quality in Construction Award for Excellence in Asphalt Pavements, mill/grind/patch and resurface MD 10 southbound from Marley Creek to Interstate 695.
January: National Asphalt Pavement Association, Quality in Construction Award for Excellence in Asphalt Pavements, I-695 inner and outer loop from Greenspring Avenue to MD 25 (Falls Road).
January: National Asphalt Pavement Association, Quality in Construction Award for Excellence in Asphalt Pavements, MD 545 (MD 213 to Warburton Road).
February: MdQI, Gold Partnering Award Over $5 Million, replacement of median barrier and lane reconfiguration of Severn River Bridge.
February: MdQI, Municipal Award Project Under $5 Million, MD 355 bridge over Monocacy River emergency repairs project.
February: MdQI, Project of the Year Under $5 Million, MD 355 Bridge over Monocacy River emergency repairs project.
February: MdQI, Project of the Year Over $5 Million, MD 404, US 50 to East Holly Road project.
February: MdQI, Award of Excellence, MD 404, US 50 to East Holly Road project.
February: MdQI, Partnering Construction Bronze Award, MD 404, US 50 to East Holly Road project.
March: Maryland Asphalt Association Award, mill and resurface US 1 from Montgomery Road to Kit Kat Road.
March: Maryland Asphalt Association Award, mill and resurface US 29 interchange at Gorman Road.
March: Maryland Asphalt Association Award, mill and resurface MD 76, MD 77 to Four Points Road.
March: Maryland Asphalt Association Award, mill and resurface US 40, Old Cam Road to directional crossover.
March: Maryland Asphalt Association, State Quality Paving Award, intersection widening and resurfacing, MD 23 at Grafton Shop Road.
March: Maryland Asphalt Association, State Quality Paving Award, pavement patching and repair I-695 inner loop, CSX Railroad Bridge to MD 140.
March: Maryland Asphalt Association, State Quality Paving Award, safety improvement and resurfacing I-695 inner and outer loop, Greenspring Avenue to MD 25.
March: Maryland Asphalt Association, Paving Award, geometric improvements, MD 213 at Frenchtown Road.
March: Maryland Asphalt Association, Secondary Resurfacing Award, MD 63, near Reiff Church Road.
April: Maryland Ready Mix Concrete Association, Excellence in Concrete – Bridges Award, widening I-695 and replacement of Old Harford Road bridge.
May: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) TRAC Finals, three high school teams in the MDOT SHA program.
May: Academy of Interactive & Visual Art, Communicator Award, Travel for Online Video, “Easier, Better, Safer to the Bridge;” Outdoor/Environmental Billboard for Print Advertising, “We’re on this Road Together: A Bicyclist Might Be Someone You Know.”
June: MDOT Environmental Excellence Awards, Environmental Hero Award, winter resource reduction initiatives, MDOT Environmental Excellence Awards.
July: AASHTO, AAA and U.S. Chamber of Commerce America’s Transportation Awards, Quality of Life/Community Development, medium project category, Dover Bridge project.
July: AASHTO, AAA and U.S. Chamber of Commerce America’s Transportation Awards, Operations Excellence, small project category, Severn River Bridge.
August: AASHTO, AAA and U.S. Chamber of Commerce America’s Transportation Awards, finalist, Dover Bridge project.

MDOT Maryland Port Administration

January: The Port of Baltimore receives a top security rating for the 10th consecutive year.
June: American Association of Port Authorities, four awards for videos and social media, Port of Baltimore.
June: MDOT Environmental Excellence Awards, Sustainability Award (shared with MDOT MTA), Masonville Cove capping and soil reuse.
September: 2019 American Association of Port Authorities Environmental Improvement Awards, Award of Distinction, Stakeholder Awareness, Education & Involvement, 10-year stewardship of community education and outreach programs at Masonville Cove.

MDOT Maryland Aviation Administration 

January: MdQI Awards of Excellence Planning Award, regional training facility at BWI Marshall Airport.
January: MdQI Awards of Excellence Subcontractor Award, Midfield Cargo apron improvements at BWI.
January: MdQI Awards of Excellence Partnering Award, Midfield Cargo apron improvements at BWI.
January: MdQI Awards of Excellence Modal Awards Under $5 Million, HVAC replacement for FAA air traffic control tower at BWI.
January: MdQI Awards of Excellence Modal Awards Over $5 Million, Midfield Cargo apron improvements at BWI.
February: 10 Best / USA Today 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards, third Best Airport for Dining, BWI.February: 10 Best / USA Today 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards, eighth Best Airport for Shopping, BWI.
February: 10 Best / USA Today 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards, eighth Best Airport Bar / Restaurant Atmosphere, The Flying Dog Tap House at BWI.
June: Airports Council International-North America Airport Concessions Awards, third place for Best Food and Beverage/Full Concept, R&R Seafood at BWI.

Maryland Transportation Authority

January: MdQI, Award of Excellence Construction Team Award Over $5 Million, rehabilitation of various bridges on I-895 north of I-695 to tunnel and I-895 spur.
January: MdQI, Award of Excellence Engineering Team Award Under $5 Million, substructure and superstructure repairs to various I-95 bridges.
January: MdQI, Award of Excellence Construction Team Award Under $5 Million, substructure and superstructure repairs to various I-95 bridges.
January: Baltimore chapter of WTS, Woman of the Year, Meshelle M.V. Howard.
February: Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, Women Who Move the Nation Award, Meshelle M.V. Howard.
February: Maryland Public Purchasing Associa­tion, Buyer of the Year Award, Margaret (Mar­gie) Hajiantoni.
March: Maryland Asphalt Association, Bridge Ramp Resurfacing Award, westbound Bay Bridge.
March: MDOT, Women's History Month award recipient, Meshelle M.V. Howard.

MDOT Office of the Secretary

May: Md. Washington Minority Companies Association, Best State Agency Administrator for Minority Business Enterprise, Deputy Secretary R. Earl Lewis, Jr.
July: Government Finance Officers Association, Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, Office of Finance’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).
August: Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition, Visionary Award for Maryland, MDOT and Zero Emissions Infrastructure Council.