This award, established in 1992, recognizes the best paper written for and presented at the Western District Annual Meeting, for overall value to the membership. The author must be a member of the Western District. Every year, the Local Arrangements Committee’s (LAC) Technical Committee selects about eight papers accepted for presentation at the upcoming Annual Meeting, and forwards them to the District’s Technical Committee Chair. The Technical Committee selects up to four papers for further evaluation at the Annual Meeting. The best paper is selected based upon the written paper and presentation at the Annual Meeting. The selection criteria include: Ability to easily understand the author’s written paper; Innovative/unique approaches; Ability to clearly communicate the information presented in the paper, Audience participation and Time management. The winning author is recognized at the Annual Meeting and presented with a plaque.

Papers must be submitted to the Western District Technical Committee Chair by April 1.

Award Winner
Paper Title
2022 Ronald T. Milam, Jerry Walters, and Melanie Gill Balancing Congestion Relief and Induced VMT
2021 Jessica Miranda and Jeanne Bowie Road/Rail Crossing Reduction Study in Fairbanks and North Pole, Alaska
2020 Cameron Shew Dynamic Implementation Tool for Flexible Mitigation Strategy
2019 Wulf Grote Light Rail Roundabouts in Phoenix
2018 Paul Van Dyk “Right of Way(t) Watchers – The Popular Way to Diet Your Roads: How Long Beach is Earning Support for Road Diets in the Car Culture of Southern California”
2017 Sam Morrissey Agency Implications of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles
2016 Victoria Edington Roads, Rails, and Running Shoes: Developing Multi-Modal Signal Timing for a New Light Rail Corridor in Aurora, Colorado
2015 Benjamin Waldman and
Michelle Stevens
Blending 14th Avenue and Lamar Street Roundabout into the 40 West Art District and Improving Safety and Bike/Ped Connectivity
2014 Yuri Mereszczak and
Andrew Cibor
Transportation Planning Opens the Door to Value-Driven Recommendations in Eagle, Idaho
2013 Matt Weir and
Jason Shykowski
Sometimes ‘Really Good’ Time of Day Coordination Does Outperform Adaptive Control
2012 Sam Morrissey and
Steve Weinberger
Enhanced Pedestrian Crossing Treatments in Santa Monica
2011 Smith Siromaskul Breaking the Diamond: DDIs, CFIs, and SPUIs
2010 Ricardo Olea San Francisco’s Octavia Boulevard
2009 Chuch Huffine Changing Campus Culture: Making the Bus “Cool”
2008 James M. Witkowski Maricopa County Enhanced Parkway Alternatives Study
2007 James Peters, Robert Bertini, and Jay McCoy Evaluating an Adaptive Signal Control System in Gresham
2006 Fred Liang Development of the Bellevue Real Time Arterial Traffic Flow Map
2005 Randy Kinney Experience Using Interactive Highway Safety Design Model (IHSDM) to Evaluate Alternatives for a Rural Mountainous Two-Lane Highway 3R Project
2004 Paul Brown Relentless Traffic Demand Meets its Match in Isolated Corridors
2003 Sutti Tantiyanugulchai Analysis of a Transit Bus as a Probe Vehicle for Arterial Performance Measures
2002 Stephen Sargeant Performance Evaluation of Modern Roundabouts on South Golden Road
2001 Wayne Ko, Glenn Grayson, Scott Carlson Traffic Signal Priority Through Signal System Control
2000 William Kloos and Kenneth Turner Implementing Traffic Signal Priority for Buses in Portland
1999 Tom Blaine,Charles Braden and Tanya Komogorova Intergration on GIS and GPS Technologies for Automated Maintenance of Traffic Control Signs
1998 Jack Fleck and Bridget Smith How Can We Make Red Light Runners Stop?
1997 Eric Wrage and Jerome Hall Efforts to Control Vehicle Speeds in New Mexico Work Zones
1996 Daniel Cleavenger and Jonathan Upchurch Motorist Perception of Ramp Metering
1995 Barry Schulz and Stephen Pouliot Colorado State Highway 82 Project-Basalt to Buttermilk
1994 Mark Miller Microwave Traffic Signal Interconnect – A Viable Alternative to Land Lines
1993 Patricia Noyes Evaluation of Traditional Speed Reduction Efforts in Residential Areas
1992 Steven Colman Are traffic signals economically warranted?