Congratulations to the 2022 TAC Technical Achievement Award Winners

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Each year, TAC recognizes exceptional contributions made by member organizations through its Technical Achievement Awards, which highlight innovations, best practices, and lessons learned in the execution of real-life projects.

This year, there were a total of 45 applicants with 21 finalists in 8 categories:

TAC’s Educational Achievement Award didn’t receive suitable applications and is not being awarded in 2022.

The 2022 awards and recipients are:

Active Transportation Achievement Award goes to the City of Toronto, Ontario in partnership with IBI Group for their ActiveTO Midtown Complete Street pilot project.

This 12-month pilot project has transformed 3.5 km of Yonge Street into a complete street as part of Toronto’s COVID-19 pandemic response. The City removed one travel lane in each direction while adding all-season protected bike lanes, creating new curb lane cafés, and allocating space for parking/loading. The project involved a comprehensive stakeholder engagement program to build support in the community and has led to more than 100% growth in cyclist volumes and a 60% to 80% increase in pedestrian volumes.

TAC Climate Action Achievement Award goes to Ville de Montréal, Québec for its Transportation Electrification Strategy project.

In 2021, the Ville de Montréal adopted its second Transportation Electrification Strategy. This three-year action plan is essential to achieving Montréal’s ambitious targets for reducing GHG emissions. Among its 61 actions are steps to address public transit, shared mobility services, charging for electric vehicles, urban freight, and the creation of low-emission zones and electric vehicle zones. The strategy takes an agile and open approach to transportation electrification and encourages a business environment that supports companies and institutions working in the sector.

TAC Environmental Achievement Award goes to the Regional Municipality of Durham, Ontario for its Victoria Street Reconstruction and Widening project.

The reconstruction and widening of Victoria Street through the Lynde Shores Wetland complex and Conservation Area overcame numerous challenges through a collaborative, educational partnership with the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority. The 1.5-km corridor is situated in a sensitive wetland that supports species at risk and locally rare plants. The project involved new structures and wildlife crossing culverts, a wildlife lookout, a wildlife barrier, expansion of Eastern Pond Mussel habitat, creation of a new Shisko Wetland area, and a new multi-use path and storm sewers.

TAC Infrastructure Achievement Award goes to the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for its Ten Mile Slide Slope Stabilization project.

Ten Mile Slide is a 300-metre long, continuously moving landslide along Highway 99 within the Xaxli’p First Nation near Lillooet. Accelerating movement of this geotechnical anomaly, and unsuccessful previous efforts to stabilize it, led to the search for an effective solution. The resulting complex design took four years to implement. It included 276 post-tensioned soil anchors with precast concrete bearing blocks above the highway, and a pile wall with 148 large-diameter drilled shafts and 125 tie-back soil anchors below the highway. This project involved many “firsts” for the Ministry, and monitoring shows that it has effectively stabilized the landslide.

TAC Mobility Achievement Award goes to the City of Ottawa, Ontario in partnership with Alta Planning + Design Canada for their Protected Intersection Design Guide project.

Protected intersections can improve safety for vulnerable road users. The City of Ottawa’s Protected Intersection Design Guide will reduce the cost and time required to design protected intersections in locations with either unconstrained or constrained rights-of-way, and with either one-way or two-way bikeways. It includes graphics showing common design permutations and offers flexibility to treat each corner of an intersection differently. The guide also addresses winter maintenance, universal design and accessibility, traffic signals, and integration with bus stops.

TAC Road Safety Achievement Award goes to the Regional Municipality of York, Ontario in partnership with EXP for their Pedestrian and Cycling Intersection Safety Pilot project.

Following a data-driven review of vulnerable road user safety at its signalized intersections, York Region used a range of tools including extensive geospatial analysis to evaluate potential countermeasures and pilot project locations. To reduce injury collisions between turning vehicles and pedestrians or cyclists, a combination of four countermeasures (right-turn-on-red prohibitions, protected left-turn movements, leading pedestrian intervals, and warning signage) was implemented at four pilot intersections in 2019. A year-long monitoring program confirmed a resulting 90% reduction in observed vehicle-pedestrian conflicts, and a 66% reduction in injury collisions.

TAC Small Municipalities Achievement Award goes to the Town of Smiths Falls, Ontario in partnership with Parsons for their Beckwith Street Revitalization project.

This project transformed 600 metres of historic “main street” that acts as a connecting link in the provincial highway system, to address objectives around accessibility, parking, snow management, and safety for pedestrians and cyclists. The street now boasts wide sidewalks and raised intersections, tactile warnings, and audible signals, cycletracks with cross-rides, extensive tree planting, and pedestrian-scale lighting – many of which are innovative in a small-town context. The project’s benefits for local businesses and the community include a high-quality pedestrian realm, enhanced public amenities, accessible on-street parking, renewed infrastructure, and attractive multimodal travel facilities.

TAC Technology Achievement Award goes to the Regional Municipality of Durham, Ontario in partnership with Visual Defence Inc. for their Road Maintenance Innovation project.

The Region of Durham’s historical approach to pothole identification, involving visual inspections and paper records, created inefficiencies and safety risks. Its new approach uses smartphones mounted on the windshields of maintenance vehicle to automatically detect, log and photograph potholes, then upload information to the cloud. Artificial intelligence confirms, measures and geolocates each deficiency, and a resulting heat map allows staff to better understand overall road condition and plan repairs. Other benefits include reduced risk and public complaints, and enhanced productivity, record keeping and budget management.

Over the next few weeks, TAC will profile the award winning and finalist projects through live webinars:

For more information, contact

Joelle Patry
Communications Manager



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