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SDDOT Project Competing for Final National Award
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For Immediate Release: Thursday, August 30, 2018

Contact: Kristi Sandal, Public Information Officer, 605-773-3265 



PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the High Friction Surface Treatment (HFST) project in and around the Black Hills area was selected as a Top 12 finalist in the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ (AASHTO) 2018 America’s Transportation Awards competition.


As a finalist in this competition, the HFST project is a contender for being named the best transportation project in the nation, as well as being eligible to win the People’s Choice award where people vote for their favorite project at http://AmericasTransportationAwards.org.


“This project was the first demonstration in the country of how the technology of a high friction surface treatment could be used to reduce road departure crashes with winter road conditions as a contributing factor,” said Darin Bergquist, secretary of Transportation. “Driver safety is a high priority for the department and the innovative use of this treatment is already reducing crashes and saving lives.”


This year, 79 projects were entered in the 2018 America’s Transportation Awards competition, sponsored by AASHTO, AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.


The People’s Choice and Grand Prize (selected by a panel of experts) award winners will each earn a $10,000 donation from AASHTO on behalf of the winning state DOT to a non-profit charity or transportation related scholarship of its choosing.

Online voting begins today, Aug. 30, and will continue through 11:59 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 22, at http://AmericasTransportationAwards.org. Individuals are welcome, and encouraged, to vote once a day for their favorite projects.



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