The Connecticut Department of Transportation presented a $10,000 check to New Haven Promise Tuesday at New Haven City Hall. That amount was awarded to CTDOT for winning the 2016 America’s Transportation Awards Grand Prize for the Elm City’s Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge, the first extradosed bridge to be constructed in the United States.
In November 2016, CTDOT was recognized by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as the 2016 America’s Transportation Awards Grand Prize winner. With the prestigious award came a $10,000 cash prize to be donated to a charity of the agency’s choice.
CTDOT selected New Haven Promise as the recipient for its commitment to providing local New Haven students with scholarships to further their education in Connecticut. The organization’s mission is to improve city schools and encourage economic development in New Haven by growing a competitive workforce.
Promise President Patricia Melton accepted the $10,000 donation on behalf of New Haven Promise while New Haven Mayor Toni N. Harp and CTDOT Commissioner James P. Redeker added remarks.
“We are delighted to be able to share this award with New Haven Promise and the aspiring engineers they support each year,” said Commissioner Redeker. “We could not be more proud of the Q Bridge and the recognition it has received, and expect that this award, in the form of future scholarships, will support engineers on similar projects in the future.”
“On behalf of the New Haven Promise Board of Directors and our Scholars, we are overjoyed that the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation elected to support the young people of the Elm City with this well-earned national award,” said Melton. “May this gift aid Scholars to follow in the footsteps of one of our program graduates — Jordy Padilla — who served as a cost engineer on the Q-Bridge project.”
After nearly two decades, more than 30 construction contracts and the creation of hundreds of jobs, the I-95 New Haven Harbor Crossing Corridor Improvement Program will be completing the final elements of the I-95/I- 91/Route 34 Interchange and construction of the new Boathouse at Canal Dock through Fall 2017. The centerpiece of the program — the new Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge — replaced one of the largest bottlenecks in the Northeast and now stands tall in the New Haven Harbor as a reminder of the importance of rebuilding the state’s infrastructure and creating job opportunities.
“New Haven is rich in architectural beauty — and now more so with the DOT’s new Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge on its skyline,” Mayor Harp said. “Beyond that, New Haven Promise scholars are now beneficiaries of DOT prize money won for this stunning new bridge. I’m grateful to Commissioner Redeker for this generous gesture and I’m delighted about the prospects for future, home-grown engineers.”