Iowa DOT News Release

Iowa DOT awarded top honors for work zone plan

Posted on: February 04, 2021

(Editor's note: This news release is being sent through the Iowa Department of Transportation's email system as a courtesy to the National Operations Center of Excellence.)

Top Innovators in Transportation System Management and Operations Win National Awards
DOTs in Pennsylvania, Iowa, and North Carolina Recognized for Programs that are Saving Lives, Time, and Money 

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 4, 2021 – The National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE) is today, announcing the winners of its 2021 Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) Awards Competition. Now in its third year, the national contest represents the latest TSMO projects and programs that are increasing the efficiency of America’s existing infrastructure to address air quality and improve the safety and mobility of the traveling public.

The winners and runners-up across this year’s categories are:

Best TSMO Project
Winner: Pennsylvania DOT – TSMO Performance Program and Traffic Operations Analytics Tool (video)
Runner-up: Bellevue, WA – Accelerating Vision Zero with Advanced Video Analytics

Agency Improvement
Winner: North Carolina DOT – TIM Training Track (video)
Runner-up: Florida DOT – District 2 Personnel Development

Work Zones Using TSMO
Winner: Iowa DOT – Comprehensive Work Zone Management Program (video)
Runner-up: Maricopa County DOT and Arizona DOT – AZTech Smarter Work Zone

Project Selection and Prioritization
Winner: Pennsylvania DOT – Regional Operations Plans (video)
Runner-up: Nevada DOT – TSMO Investment Prioritization Tool
NOCoE released case studies for each of the four winners in the 2021 competition. In the coming year, NOCoE will release the case studies for each of the projects entered in the competition. Transportation practitioners and decision-makers can access more than a hundred case studies available on NOCoE’s website ( to learn about how TSMO practices and programs are benefiting travelers and transportation agencies and practitioners across the country.

Patrick Son, NOCoE managing director said, “The TSMO industry continues to demonstrate that the traveling public benefits when existing infrastructure is operated and managed effectively. These awards and their case studies, are an effort to transfer knowledge of these practices across the industry.”

The focus on Work Zones and Project Selection and Prioritization categories this year corresponded with a previous NOCoE peer exchange and NOCoE Summit addressing these practices in relation to TSMO. “The multi-disciplinary nature of TSMO necessitates that we recognize a wide range of projects, to demonstrate how TSMO is being used across the country,” said Son. “For example, TSMO projects are now being incorporated into larger transportation planning efforts to improve work zone safety and efficiency which is saving the lives of highway workers and motorists alike.”

The NOCoE TSMO Awards were open to cities, counties, MPOs (RPO, COG), state DOTs and private sector organizations.

The winner in each category automatically becomes a nominee for the Overall TSMO Award, to be presented in late Spring. Last year’s Overall TSMO Award Winner was the Georgia Department of Transportation for its Automated Traffic Signal Performance Measure system.

To see NOCoE’s library of over 100 case studies, go to

For additional information on the winning projects, please visit today’s NOCoE newsletter.


About the National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE)

The mission of NOCoE is to provide centralized services to support the transportation industry through workforce readiness, deployment of technology and practices, and mainstreaming of TSMO solutions through education, networking, communication, and knowledge transfer. NOCoE supports practitioners who operate the nation’s transportation management systems, by connecting them with best-practices and experts to save lives, time, and money. Born of a partnership of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) with support from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), we serve those in state departments of transportation, regional planning organizations, municipalities, local agencies as well as private sector organizations. For more information, please visit


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