PennDOT Wins America's Transportation Award For New Permitting System
Posted by Ryan Jeroski June 15, 2012
On June 12th, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) presented an America’s Transportation Award in the category of Best Use of Innovation (small project) to PennDOT for its newly developed ePermitting system. In October 2011, PennDOT adopted the internet-based, user-friendly permitting process to replace an older system in which permits were submitted by hand or mail to PennDOT offices. Each year, PennDOT issues approximately 15,000 Highway Occupancy Permits (HOPs) to homeowners, businesses, utility owners, developers and municipalities for any work that requires encroachment upon Interstate Highways, U.S. Routes, or State Highways.
Now in its fifth year, the America’s Transportation Awards competition – sponsored by AASHTO, the American Automobile Association (AAA), and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – recognizes the very best of America’s transportation projects in three main categories: Ahead of Schedule, Under Budget, and Best Use of Innovation. For a list of winners in Northeastern states, click here. Winners in other regions will be announced at their own regional meetings throughout the summer.
In announcing these awards, AASHTO President and Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation Kirk Steudle noted, “The America’s Transportation Award competition is a great way to highlight those tremendous transportation projects that show just how our state transportation departments are delivering value for those limited transportation dollars. We are proud of the quality of these projects and believe they deserve some attention for their creativity, innovation, and stellar management.”
PennDOT’s $1.1 million secure ePermitting system saves time and money for state highway users by providing the tools needed to create an HOP application, attach documents, submit the application package to PennDOT, and view PennDOT’s response from any internet-enabled computer. Customer response to the ePermitting system has been overwhelmingly positive. All participants in a December 2011 survey confirmed that the electronic permitting system is user-friendly, and the turnaround time for permits has greatly improved.