A $23 million relocation of railroad lines in Council Bluffs is vying with projects in 11 other states for the title of the best transportation project in the country, according to a release. The 2017 America's Transportation Awards competition is sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It offers a Grand Prize, selected by a jury of transportation specialists, and a People’s Choice award that is determined by online voting. The Iowa Department of Transportation’s Council Bluffs project eliminated nine at-grade roadway-railroad crossings, improved traffic at major interchanges and provided for future capacity expansion of the rail lines. Twenty-five percent of all trains between the eastern and western United States pass through the Midwest railroad gateway in Council Bluffs, according to the release. Online votes will be weighted to each state’s population, allowing for greater competition between states with larger and smaller populations. Vote here through Sept. 21. The awards will be announced Sept. 27.