Top Ten Public Works Projects of the Century
APWA developed the Top Ten Public Works Projects of the Century program to honor the ten most outstanding public works projects of the 20th Century that significantly affected and improved the quality of life in the United States or Canada. Our goal was to generate awareness of the positive contributions public works has made as well as to build appreciation for public works and its contributions to North America.
The program considered public works contributions from projects of all sizes and agencies of all levels of government within the United States, Canada, and their territories. Projects did not still need to be in existence or actively used to be eligible.
Criteria used in the selection
The primary criterion used in the selection of these winners was the significance of the projects effect on the quality of life. Other criteria that were used during the selection included:
Not only is this a celebration of past accomplishments, it is also an illustration of our potential to create extraordinary public works projects for future generations.
The first announcement of the top public works projects of the 20th Century occurred on September 10 during the Opening General Session of APWAs International Public Works Congress and Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky. These ten exemplary projects are listed below in no particular order. Beginning with the December/January issue of the APWA Reporter and continuing through October 2001, one project will be highlighted in each issue.