2021 Caltrans Excellence in Transportation (EIT) Awards

The Caltrans Excellence in Transportation competition is conducted annually to recognize excellence in transportation design, construction, traffic operations, maintenance, planning, and improvements throughout California.

Entry Deadline

Friday, April 9, 2021

Purpose

The EIT awards recognize excellence in transportation design, construction, traffic operations, maintenance, planning, and improvements throughout California.

Eligibility and Rules

  • The EIT Awards Program is open to all Caltrans districts and programs, local and public transportation agencies, and private engineering and consulting firms, including their consultants and contractors.
  • The nomination must be a public transportation improvement or project currently in use and completed between January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2020.
  • The transportation project must be in California.
  • Projects nominated in previous EIT competitions may be resubmitted if they were completed after January 1, 2018.
  • Winning projects from previous years are not eligible. See previous years' winners.
  • A project can be nominated in only one category. If your project has partners, it’s good to consult with them to make sure the project is only nominated once.
  • Entries must be submitted on the EIT forms. Do not modify the forms. Nominations that are not submitted on the EIT forms will be disqualified.
  • Incomplete nomination packages will be disqualified.
  • Nominations must be received by email at EIT@dot.ca.gov by 11:59 p.m., Friday, April 9, 2021. Nominations submitted after the deadline will be disqualified.
  • All materials entered become the property of Caltrans and will not be returned.
  • To ensure you are submitting a complete nomination package, download the scoring criteria and check list for the category in which you will nominate your project.

Judging

A panel of judges will review and score the nominations. The winning project is the one receiving the highest score.

Recognition and Awards

  • One award will be given in each category.
  • Awards consist of a plaque for each organization (maximum of four per project) and certificates for individuals (maximum of 10 per project) who contributed to the winning project as identified in the nomination.
  • No exceptions will be made, and no changes will be made to the names or spellings after the entry deadline.
  • We will only issue plaques and certificates for organizations and individuals identified in the nomination and received by the deadline.
  • Winners will be announced between late summer and early fall.

Questions

If you have questions or need help, please email Caroline Moreno at Caroline.Moreno@dot.ca.gov or call 916-653-8879.

Entry Forms

Entry Checklist

Award Categories

Category 1. Intermodal Transportation System

Category 1. nominations will be scored based on the following criteria:

  1. Successfully engaged stakeholders to address local/regional intermodal transportation issues and integrated the project to its surroundings.
  2. Provides connectivity with other transportation modes.
  3. Demonstrates effectiveness in reducing highway congestion, including providing options to single-occupancy vehicle use.
  4. Demonstrates enhancement of the transportation system.
  5. Demonstrates use of innovative materials or processes, safety improvements for travelers and workers, and reduces or eliminates recurring maintenance activities and worker exposure to motorists.

Category 1. Nomination Form (DOCX)

Category 2. The Highway-Rural

Category 2. nominations will be scored based on the following criteria:

  1. Successfully engaged stakeholders to address community/regional rural needs and integrated the project to its rural surroundings.
  2. Enhances transportation system with travel options and local and regional connectivity.
  3. Use of alignment and design enhances visual and scenic quality.
  4. Roadway and roadside design support preservation of environmental, natural, cultural or historic resources through use of innovative products, materials, procedures and processes, preservation and use of native vegetation or non-native, site-appropriate vegetation to minimize supplemental irrigation.
  5. Demonstrates use of innovative materials or processes that improve worker and traveler safety.

Category 2. Nomination Form (DOCX)

Category 3. The Highway-Urban

Category 3. nominations will be scored based on the following criteria:

  1. Successfully engaged stakeholders to address urban needs and integrated project to its urban surrounding.
  2. Provides effective congestion relief, including options to single-occupancy vehicle use.
  3. Innovative design provides safety improvements for workers and travelers and reduces or eliminates recurring maintenance activities and worker exposure to motorists.
  4. Demonstrates improvement or protection of the environment through innovative use of materials and processes.
  5. Enhances the transportation system by providing multiple travel options and local and regional connectivity.

Category 3. Nomination Form (DOCX)

Category 4. Major Structures

Category 4. nominations will be scored based on the following criteria:

  1. Successfully engaged stakeholders and integrated structure to its surroundings.
  2. Provides travel options to meet local and regional mobility needs.
  3. Avoids or mitigates visual impairments and preserves or enhances scenic quality.
  4. Use and selection of structural configuration and materials to reflect the local context.
  5. Use of innovative design or construction materials, methods, and processes.

Category 4. Nomination Form (DOCX)

Category 5. Stewardship of the Environment

Category 5. nominations will be scored based on the following criteria:

  1. Successfully engaged stakeholders to address stewardship goals.
  2. Provides greenhouse gas emission reductions, including options to single occupancy vehicle use.
  3. Preservation or use of native or non-native site appropriate plants that are adapted to thrive in the project’s environment, help reduce maintenance requirements, and minimize supplemental irrigation.
  4. Effectively uses recycled materials, local resources, conserves natural resources, and other environmental protection or enhancement.
  5. Uses cost-effective and innovative materials and processes for source control, water quality improvement and reducing or preventing environmental pollutants.

Category 5. Nomination Form (DOCX)

Category 6. Transportation Related Facilities

Category 6. nominations will be scored based on the following criteria:

  1. Successfully engaged stakeholders to understand local/regional transportation related facility needs and integrate project to its surroundings.
  2. Enhances the transportation system by providing transportation related facility that is safe, accessible and functional to meet local and regional traveler needs.
  3. Design provides compatibility with or preservation of the natural and built environment reflects local/regional character, use of local resources or recycled materials, and other environmental protection or enhancement.
  4. Use of innovative design or construction methods or materials, demonstrates safety improvements for travelers and workers and reduces or eliminates recurring maintenance activities and worker exposure to motorists.
  5. Demonstrates enhanced quality of user experience

Category 6. Nomination Form (DOCX)

Category 7. Transportation System Operations Improvements

Category 7. nominations will be scored based on the following criteria:

  1. Successfully engaged stakeholders to address local/regional transportation systems operations improvements.
  2. Demonstrates cost effective transportation system operational improvements.
  3. Demonstrates improved transportation system performance for multi-modal travel.
  4. Demonstrates use of improved or innovative procedures, materials or equipment.
  5. Demonstrates wide applicability for use on other projects.

Category 7. Nomination Form (DOCX)

Category 8. Traveler and Worker Safety

Category 8. nominations will be scored based on the following criteria:

  1. Successfully engaged stakeholders to address traveler and worker safety issues in roadway and roadside design, practices and activities in transportation solution.
  2. Demonstrates innovative safety provisions that result in the reduction in traveler and worker incidents/injuries and reduces or eliminates recurring maintenance activities and worker exposure to motorists.
  3. Demonstrates cost effectiveness transportation system and safety improvements for travelers and workers and reduces or eliminates recurring maintenance activities and worker exposure to motorists.
  4. Demonstrates use of improved or innovative procedures, materials or equipment.
  5. Demonstrates wide applicability for use on other projects.

Category 8. Nomination Form (DOCX)

Category 9. Community Enhancement

Category 9. nominations will be scored based on the following criteria:

  1. Successfully engaged stakeholders to understand local/regional community context, gain project support, and integrate project to its surroundings.
  2. Successfully integrated and balanced community aesthetic, historic, environmental and livability goals with transportation safety, maintenance, performance and mobility goals.
  3. Demonstrates consistency with the context.
  4. Demonstrates successful application of design flexibility.
  5. Demonstrates applicability of stakeholder involvement processes, techniques, methods, and tools that can be applied to other projects.

Category 9. Nomination Form (DOCX)

Category 10. Transportation Innovations

Category 10. nominations will be scored based on the following criteria:

  1. Successfully engaged stakeholders to address roadway and roadside design, functional, safety, maintenance and operations or other mobility issues using innovative crosscutting, solution driven, and integrated multimodal approaches to improve mobility.
  2. Demonstrates new and improved products, materials, procedures, and processes.
  3. Provides responsive and well executed solutions to unique or unusual situations.
  4. Demonstrates preservation or protection of the environment.
  5. Provides cost-effective and enduring/ long-lasting provisions for worker and traveler safety and system preservation or protection.

Category 10. Nomination Form (DOCX)

Category 11. Public Awareness

Category 11. nominations will be scored based on the following criteria:

  1. Describes the strategic planning, analysis or research to determine need, objectives and goals for the public awareness effort to meet traveler and public needs.
  2. Demonstrates originality and creativity and was clearly and consistently communicated to the targeted audience.
  3. Demonstrates cost effectiveness by maximizing communication to the identified audience through development, execution and delivery of project, initiative or program.
  4. Demonstrates benefit to the public and/or stakeholders.
  5. Demonstrates effectiveness and identifies/quantifies measurable results in achieving overall success of the program.

Category 11. Nomination Form (DOCX)

Contact

If you have questions or need help, please email Caroline Moreno at Caroline.Moreno@dot.ca.gov or call 916-653-8879.