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Margaret Rose Henry Bridge named a national award finalist

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The Margaret Rose Henry Bridge has been chosen as a finalist for a national award. | PHOTO COURTESY OF STATE OF DELAWARE

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials announced the Top 12 finalists in the 2021 America’s Transportation Awards competition, and Delaware’s Margaret Rose Henry Bridge project is one of the 12 finalists.

The general public is invited to vote in the selection of the People’s Choice Award for the 2021 America’s Transportation Awards competition at AmericasTransportationAwards.org and clicking the Vote Now icon. Individuals can vote once per day.

The Top 12 finalists – whittled down from 80 nominees from 35 state departments of transportation via four U.S. regional contests – now compete for the Grand Prize and the People’s Choice Award. Both prizes come with a $10,000 cash award for a charity or transportation-related scholarship of the winners’ choosing.

Named in honor of the first African-American woman elected to the Delaware State Senate, the $82 million bridge, approach roads, and realigned road network alleviate traffic congestion and improves mobility and circulation for the Riverfront community. The bridge did so by introducing an additional access point to primary arteries such as U.S. Route 13 and Interstate 495.

An independent panel of transportation industry experts will select the Grand Prize winner, while the general public will decide the People’s Choice Award winner through online voting. Online votes will be weighted to each state’s population, allowing for greater competition between states with larger and smaller populations. AASHTO will announce the winners during its Annual Meeting in San Diego, Oct. 26-29.

Online voting continues until 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 25.

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