Every year, state departments of transportation from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ four regions nominate projects that make a significant difference in the lives of the people who live, work and play in communities across the country. The Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT’s) My35 Waco Construction project was recently named a winner in Operations Excellence, Large Category (i.e., projects costing more than $200 million) by the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
Throughout the project, the Texas A&M Transportation Institute assisted TxDOT in coordinating communications with local citizens and businesses during the construction phase, ensuring the safety of road users. The communications entailed in-person meetings, live stream cameras, a continuously updated project website, automated emails and text alerts. As a result, the project has improved travel accessibility for road users, enhanced mobility and increased safety for both freight and personal vehicle users along I-35.