The $73 million Madison Beltline Flex Lane project was recently recognized by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) with a regional America’s Transportation Award for operations excellence.

In its 16th year, the America’s Transportation Awards competition, which is sponsored by AASHTO, AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, honors projects and programs that make our communities safer, stronger, and better. Projects nominated in the operations excellence category make more effective use of already existing transportation assets and processes to provide cost-effective, near-term solutions.

Completed in July 2022, this project has shown substantial improvements in travel time reliability and decreased congestion by as much as 45 percent. We have been involved in the Flex Lane from its inception and will continue our involvement by leading a performance measurements analysis that will take an in-depth look at the impact the Flex Lane has on traffic volumes, travel times, travel time reliability, and crash trends.