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WSDOT's Nile Valley landslide response competes for award

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UNION GAP, Wash. – WSDOT's response to the Nile Valley landslide is competing against nine teams for the title of "America's Best Transportation Project" and could bring home a $10,000 prize.

The South Central Regional Office oversaw the work done immediately after the Oct. 2009 landslide and is the only team on the west coast up for the national award.

The American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials or AASHTO selected WSDOT because of the challenges they took on last year. Crews had to acquire needed properties, re channel the river away from the landslide, design and reconstruct a 4,000 ft. detour road. Staff and contractors worked 14-hour days, seven days a week. Both were also on alert for additional landslide movement.

The winning team will receive $10,000 and WSDOT says it wants to give that money to a charity in the Nile Valley.

You can vote for the "People's Choice Award" by going to AASHTO's website. There will also be posters at the Central Washington State Fair with a Microsoft Tag. If you have an internet-ready phone and the application, you can get directly to the site to vote for WSDOT on your mobile device.