Register Now! APC Construction Briefing Webinar
August 6, 2015 / 11:00am-12:00pm Attend APC's next Construction Briefing Webinar exclusively for APC members to hear and ask questions on the latest construction issues facing the industry. This new webinar series is designed to keep you better informed as an APC member. REGISTER HERE Space is limited so be sure to register today! If you are interesting in learning more about sponsoring this and future webinars, please contact Jason Wagner at the APC Office at email@example.com or 717-238-2513 x. 111.
Call to Action: Contact Legislators Today on UC Reform Efforts
Ongoing industry efforts (APC, PAPA, CAWP, ACEC/PA and several trades and unions) are underway to advance legislation that would amend the Unemployment Compensation Law to allow for more seasonal workers to qualify for benefits. However, we need YOUR help! The General Assembly is on its Memorial Day recess until June 1. It is critical that you reach out to your representative and senator while they are home in their district offices and inform them of how this issue affects you personally, your company, and/or the employees you represent.
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For up-to-date industry news, letting information, event updates, and more, follow APC on Twitter @paconstructors.
APC Flagger Train-the-Trainer – July 24
Registration is now open for the next Flagger Train-the-Trainer session on July 24, 2015, at the APC office in Harrisburg. Go here to Register
2015-2016 Legislative Directory Available
The Transportation Construction Industries Political Action Committee (TCI-PAC) has copies of the updated 2015-2016 Legislative Directory. This resource can be used to locate and contact the senators and representatives from your area. The directory is available, at no cost, to any APC member company. If you would like a copy, please contact Lisa Sagan at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 717-238-2513, ext. 109.
WELCOMEAPC is a trade association consisting of more than 400 members that include contractors, consulting engineers, material suppliers, manufacturers, and others with an interest in Pennsylvania’s road and bridge construction industry. The association has been serving the industry for more than 80 years and represents the majority of active highway contractors in the state.
APC NEWS & UPDATES
H-15-023 – (Step 1) proposes revisions to PUBLICATION 408: SECTION 108-PERFORMANCE AND PROGRESS and SECTION 689-CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULING; and PUBLICATION 352: CHAPTER 7, CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULING that will require use of resource loaded schedules on certain projects.
APC’s work with the Department included an effort to minimize the number of projects on which the Special Provision would applicable, and to modify the procedures to avoid an unworkable level of detail.
To view the documents, please go here. APC has requested that the closing date for comments be extended. Please forward comments to email@example.com no later than July 10, 2015, to assist APC in providing unified comments on this matter.
The state Senate Transportation Committee has unanimously approved a measure this week to increase penalties for drivers who injure highway workers.
Sponsored by Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-Beaver), the bill would impose fines upward of $1,000 for irresponsible driving in areas of road construction. These fines increase to $5,000 and a six-month suspension of the driver’s license if a highway worker or emergency responder is injured. Finally, if a highway worker is killed in the accident, drivers would pay a fine of up to $10,000 and lose their licenses for up to one year.
According to The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, approximately 100 workers are killed and another 20,000 workers are injured every year in highway and street-construction accidents.
APC’s position is that while we do not object to increased penalties, we are more interested in prevention. The association strongly supports a measure that would allow automated enforcement of work zone speed limits using cameras. The House and Senate Transportation Committees will hold a joint hearing on July 14, which will focus on that legislation.
August 6, 2015 / 11:00am-12:00pm
Attend APC’s next Construction Briefing Webinar exclusively for APC members to hear and ask questions on the latest construction issues facing the industry. This new webinar series is designed to keep you better informed as an APC member.
REGISTER HERE Space is limited so be sure to register today!
If you are interesting in learning more about sponsoring this and future webinars, please contact Jason Wagner at the APC Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-238-2513 x. 111.
The joint PennDOT/Industry Concrete and Coring and Conditioning Workgroup is requesting comments on proposed changes to PTM 606 which prescribes procedures for obtaining, preparing and testing cores drilled from concrete for length and compressive strength determinations.
The Senate Transportation Committee Tuesday approved a proposal allow qualified private companies to facilitate transportation of super-sized loads. APC supports the bill, sponsored by Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks).
Under current law, any tractor transporting a load greater than 201,000 pounds, over 160 feet, and/or 16 feet wide requires a police escort. Argall’s legislation, Senate Bill 748, would allow super loads to be attended by certified pilot escorts. PennDOT would also create a certification program to ensure safety standards are met when escorting these vehicles in Pennsylvania.
Part of the bridge deck pilot projects that Districts are doing this summer is to apply aggregate optimization principles to the mix designs. Therefore, the Department is holding a webinar on June 25, 2015, to discuss the benefits and issues related to the implementation of the specification that incorporates aggregate optimization of concrete mix designs.
For more information (including registration), go here.
Since APC built its headquarters at 800 N. Third Street, Harrisburg in 1970, the Association has offered its members free on-premise parking when they came to Harrisburg for Board of Directors’, executive committee, standing committee, TCI-PAC, PHIA, and meetings with PennDOT and members of the state legislature, plus other highway construction related meetings. In the past year, we have observed that a great majority of our APC parking spaces are being used on a daily basis by individuals whose firms have consultant agreements with PennDOT central office. These people are basically using APC facilities for their daily free parking while working at PennDOT. This obviously was never the intended use or purpose for providing on-premise parking for the APC membership. APC members who are coming to town for APC-related meetings or APC-sponsored training programs are now often finding no places to park.
In consideration of the above, effective July 1, 2015, APC will no longer provide free on-premise parking for consultants who are essentially working at PennDOT headquarters on a weekly, monthly, or annual basis. Affected firms should notify their staff of this new policy and seek alternative parking at Harrisburg Public Parking Garages or other private lots in the area. Obviously, if you’re in town on APC-related business or committee meetings, feel free to park in our APC spaces. When you arrive, kindly let our APC receptionist on the 5th floor know where you are parked so that we can better manage our on-premise parking.
PennDOT recently issued a clearance transmittal with Proposed Revisions to the Standard Special Provision entitled “Item 1999-9999 – Trainees (Federal-aid Projects)” (H-15-013). APC agrees that it is time to once and for all establish contract provisions whereby a trainee may be transferred to another project in order to complete hours of training that could not be completed on the originally assigned project and/or for enhanced skill development. Read More…
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