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The I-695 from I-70 to MD 43 Transportation Systems Management & Operations project won the 2020 WTS Baltimore INNOVATIVE TRANSPORTATION SOLUTION award, which "salutes an innovative transportation project, policy, solution or initiative successfully led or implemented by a woman." In total, over 30 women were involved with this project!

The project management team of Virginia Colliers (MDOT SHA), Meredith Spicer (MDOT SHA), and Pam Destino (WRA) was supported by the following key team members: Lisa Schemer (MDOT SHA) and Melanie Earnest (WRA) led the traffic modeling efforts; Jessica Pilarski (MDOT SHA) led the public outreach; and, Sara Al-Najjar (MDOT SHA), Karen Arnold (MDOT SHA), and Kim Glinkin (WRA) led the NEPA efforts, with extensive subject matter support from Rebecca Chojnacki, Allison Grooms, and Anne Elrays from MDOT SHA and Laura Callens, Emily Drahos, and Megan Comer from WRA. In addition to these women, the project had many other women with substantial involvement in the project from WRA, MDOT SHA, and FHWA. This project epitomized WTS’s mission by connecting and advancing over 30 women in the transportation industry in Maryland.