From the seven North Carolina bridges replaced in 45 days to the Utah highway that reduced commuters' drive time from 42 to 16 minutes, a new report released by the Washington-based American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) highlights 50 projects nationwide that showcase smart transportation solutions by state transportation departments. AASHTO officials say the projects emphasize the need for state and local governments to make smart decisions when implementing similar projects in their areas.

The projects listed in "Smart Solutions: 50 Ways America Just Got Better" were selected as part of the 2009 America's Transportation Awards competition, sponsored by AASHTO, Heathrow, Fla.-based AAA Auto Club and the Washington-based U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and were judged on timeliness of completion, staying within budget and the use of innovative management techniques.

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