continued The project, which was initially expected to be completed by 2017, was finished in late 2011.
Nominations for the award were reviewed by an independent panel of judges, who selected winners based on community and public involvement, innovative approaches to completion, context-sensitive solutions to enhance the community and natural environment, collaboration with other public or private entities and long-term benefits of the project.
Nominees could be individuals or organizations that used federal funding to develop a plan, project or planning process that demonstrated excellence in planning. The $76 million Lake Champlain Bridge project was 80 percent federally funded.
The Transportation Planning Excellence Awards is a biennial program developed by the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration and co-sponsored by the American Planning Association and the Transportation Research Board.