The Outstanding Local Streets and Roads Project Awards Program was developed to recognize and raise awareness of the exceptional achievements made by California’s cities and counties to preserve and protect the public’s investment in the local street and road system. Nearly every trip – whether by car, bus, bike or foot – begins and ends on a local street or road. The local system is critical for the safety and mobility of the traveling public, emergency responders, law enforcement, the economy, and multimodal needs such as bicycles and buses. Further, as counties and cities, regional agencies, and the State strive to meet statewide climate change goals, the local system will serve as a critical component to achieving greenhouse gas emissions reductions.
Forward-thinking cities and counties have made extraordinary efforts to preserve and improve the existing local transportation system through a variety of types of projects and programs. Through these exemplary efforts, cities and counties are reducing drive times and congestion; improving driver, bicycle, and pedestrian safety; and ultimately reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Green technologies are less resource intensive, emit fewer harmful air pollutants, and produce less water pollution. Ultimately, a safe, well-maintained, and environmentally friendly local transportation system significantly saves cities and counties, and taxpayers, money in the long-term.
Sponsored by the California State Association of Counties (CSAC), the League of California Cities (League), and the County Engineers Association of California (CEAC), the Outstanding Local Streets and Roads Awards Program highlights cities and counties that are employing projects, programs, practices, and innovative technologies and materials to achieve preservation, safety and sustainability goals for the statewide local street and road system. Their exceptional work is worth recognizing and replicating across the state!
There are many ways in which California’s cities and counties can invest in and improve the overall quality of the local street and road system. This year, applicants can nominate projects in three specific categories that aid in the comprehensive improvement of the local network:
Efficient and Sustainable Road Maintenance, Construction and Reconstruction Projects. This category includes, but is not limited to, projects that use resources efficiently, projects that employ emerging technologies and materials, progressive preservation programs that improve pavement conditions, projects that are cost-effective and/or creative in the planning, design, funding and/or implementation compared to traditional methods, that are sustainable from a financial and resource perspective, and/or reduce greenhouse gas emissions and are environmentally friendly.
Complete Streets Projects. This includes projects that accommodate all users of the local street and road system and provide access to safe multi-modal transportation options such as walking and biking.
Safety or Intelligent Transportation System Projects. This includes critical safety projects that help reduce fatalities and serious injuries on the local network and other projects that make local streets and roads safer, more coordinated and efficient.
Efficient and Sustainable Bridge Maintenance, Construction and Reconstruction Projects. This category includes bridge and grade separation projects that use resources efficiently. These projects should employ emerging technologies and materials, progressive preservation programs that improve bridge conditions that are cost-effective and/or creative in the planning, design, funding and/or implementation compared to traditional methods, that are sustainable from a financial and resource perspective, and/or reduce greenhouse gas emissions and are environmentally friendly.
** The nomination period for the 2021 Awards Program is now open! Nominations are due no later than January 29, 2021**
California’s cities and counties.
Criteria to be used in the selection process include (total of 34 points):
- The entry directly improves the preservation, safety, access to, and overall quality of the local street and road system (up to 5 points)
- The entry is innovative and unique (up to 5 points)
- The entry provides a model for others to follow (i.e. it is replicable) (up to 5 points)
- The entry’s positive outcomes are continuing/sustainable (up to 5 points)
- The cost-effectiveness of the program/project (up to 5 points)
- The entry has positive effects on the environment (up to 5 points)
- The entry demonstrates effective collaboration and partnerships ( 1 point)
- The extent to which the results and benefits are publically verifiable, measureable, replicable, and useful to other cities and counties (1 point)
- The extent technology is involved in innovative ways in the program/project (1 point)
- The extent to which the program/project advances the League and CSAC’s priorities and goals for the local street and road system preservation (1 point)
- Please identify if your project nomination was funded by RMRA funds
The Award Committee reviews the nominations and selects award winner(s).
Nominations can be made by any city or county in California.