The North Dakota Department of Transportation’s (NDDOT) Pop-Up Demonstration Projects has won a regional award in the “Quality of Life/Community Development, Small Project” category in the 2019 America’s Transportation Awards competition.
The annual competition is sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and showcases projects that are making communities stronger, the economy more efficient and quality of life better, all while utilizing technology.
This year, 81 projects from 39 states were nominated in three different categories. As a regional winner, the Pop-Up Demonstration Projects will be considered for inclusion in the competition’s “Top 12” which will be announced in August.
“To create healthy, vibrant communities that attract and retain workers, we need smart, efficient infrastructure that encourages public engagement and supports multiple modes of transportation, from walking and biking to ride-sharing and busing,” Governor Burgum said. “Working with local communities, NDDOT has done a fantastic job of demonstrating the possibilities, and we congratulate the department and the communities on this well-deserved award.”
The Pop-Up Demonstration projects were part of the NDDOT’s first State Active and Public Transportation Plan called ND Moves, which looked at more ways to integrate different modes of transportation such as walking, bicycling, and transit into state transportation systems. NDDOT’s Pop-Up Demonstration Projects were small, short-term projects that test design concepts prior to full construction. Concepts included curb extensions, bike lanes, back-in angle parking, roundabouts, road diets and pedestrian amenities.
Nine communities across the state designed concepts that connected bicycles and pedestrians to businesses, jobs, recreation, and schools while generating public engagement. Communities that participated in the projects were: Bismarck, Bottineau, Grafton, Grand Forks, Hazen, Horace, Mandan, Rugby and Williston. Local jurisdictions were responsible for identifying the location of the project, providing all the project supplies and material and providing labor for installation which was generally done on a volunteer basis.
“The communities involved were an integral part of the success of the Pop-Up projects as they brought in local residents and community groups to work on the projects,” said Ron Henke, Interim NDDOT Director. “The public feedback received from these projects allowed the communities to address citizen concerns and desires prior to permanent construction which has been very valuable in creating more walkable and safer communities into the future.”
The projects enhanced collaboration with other state agencies such as the ND Department of Health and ND Parks & Recreation along with local jurisdictions. Public engagement exceeded expectations and initiated a wide variety of community conversations on the new concepts. For more information about NDDOT’s Pop-Up Demonstration Projects go to: http://www.dot.nd.gov/plans/statewide/popup.htm.
Pictures of each project can be found at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nddot/albums/72157709051611253