By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

The America’s Transportation Awards competition has named its “Top 12” finalists from among 80 projects in four regions.

The competition recognizes state DOTs and highlights projects that improve the quality of life in their communities. It is sponsored by the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO,) AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The finalists now compete for a Grand Prize selected by a panel of judges, and a People’s Choice Award decided by online popular voting scaled to state populations. Each winner will receive a $10,000 cash award for a charity or transportation-related scholarship of their choice. The winners will be announced Oct. 8 at AASHTO’s annual meeting in St. Louis.

Here are the Top 12 project finalists in alphabetical order by state DOT with linked descriptions:

More about the competition, including profiles of the other 68 regional semifinalists, can be found at the America’s Transportation Awards website.