Talbot County, MD — The project that replaced the Dover Bridge Swing Bridge, which spanned over the Choptank River between Talbot and Caroline Counties has just been named one of 12 finalists for the prestigious 2019 America’s Transportation Award.  The award is presented annually by the American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials 

By earning a place as an America’s Transportation Awards finalist, the project is in the running for two prizes: The Grand Prize and the People’s Choice Award. Both awards include a $10,000 cash prize that can be donated to a charity or transportation-related scholarship.  The winner will be announced at the AASHTO Annual Meeting in St. Louis on October 8.

To vote, go online to AmericasTransportationAwards.org and vote between now and 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 6.”

The $65.4 million Dover Bridge Project along MD 331 on the Eastern Shore replaced an historic swing bridge that, when opened for river traffic, rerouted drivers up to 45 minutes out of their way. These openings impacted residents’ mobility and could delay emergency responders. The new bridge, completed a full year ahead of schedule, has two 12-foot-wide lanes and two 8-foot-wide shoulders. The 50-foot-high, fixed-span bridge allows marine vessels to pass without impeding motorists. The original bridge has been retained as a community fishing pier.

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,