Automated Force Account Learning Opportunity

ECMS User Acceptance Testing

PennDOT is offering contractors an opportunity for any firm that is willing to furnish a person(s) to participate in ECMS User Acceptance Testing of the newly automated Force Account process.  Ideally, participants should be individuals who are involved  in the on-site tracking of Force Account work and/or familiar with the creation and review of Force Account statements (i.e. paperwork).  The testing will be primarily focused on changes to the automated system that have been incorporated since the updated Force Account specification was finalized and approved.

Testing will be conducted over a 6-week period beginning on Monday, October 31, 2016 and ending the week of December 5, 2016.  Participants are being asked to commit to a minimum  of 4 consecutive days of on-site testing during the 6 week period.  On-site testing will take place at PennDOT’s Riverfront Office Complex (ROC) on South Front Street in Harrisburg.  The ROC is easily accessible and there is plenty of parking. Read More…

October 20, 2016

October 20, 2016 – PennDOT Letting Results

Go here to see the latest PennDOT letting results.

October 20, 2016

ACTION ALERT: Automated Enforcement in Work Zone Bill Advances to House

Contact your State Representative TODAY and tell them to call for and support SB 840

Earlier this week, the State Senate adopted Senate Bill 840 by a 48-0 vote sending legislation authorizing automated speed enforcement in work zones to advance to the state House. Specifically, SB 840 would establish a five-year pilot program allowing the use of speed monitoring cameras on Interstate and limited access highway work zones. This legislation is critical to ensuring a greater level of protection to not only highway workers, but the motoring public as they move through construction zones.

With limited session days remaining, it is CRITICAL that all members of the highway construction industry contact their state representative urging them vote in favor of SB 840 before they adjourn for the year. Of immediate focus are the members of the House Transportation Committee. The committee has schedule SB 840 for a vote on Monday morning and that bill needs to advance out of committee without amendment in order to be positioned for final passage by the full House. Please contact House Transportation Committee Members TODAY and urge them to vote in favor of SB 840 WITHOUT AMENDMENT. Read More…

October 20, 2016

General Assembly Nears Completion of UC Reform Bill

Will allow many seasonal highway workers to again qualify for UC benefits

Reforming the Commonwealth’s Unemployment Compensation Law (Act 60) has been one of the top legislative priorities of the association over the past 24 months.  Act 60 of 2012 currently includes several provisions adversely affect many highway construction industry workers—particularly in the paving and construction inspection sectors.  For years, attempts have been made to amend Act 60 to allow seasonal employees in the construction industry to qualify for unemployment benefits.  Since the enactment of Act 60, several provisions outlined in the act are causing many to no longer qualify for UC benefits and therefore affecting an employee’s ability to collect during winter shutdown periods.  Additionally, this is causing many employees to seek more stable employment in other sectors or re-evaluate staying with the highway construction industry, which is coming at a period of increased highway construction resulting from Act 89.

The state House took a major step forward and advanced a compromise piece of legislation ensuring that the Unemployment Compensation Fund remains solvent (a key fixture of Act 60) and allowing seasonal workers within the highway construction industry to obtain unemployment compensation benefits.  The compromise represents discussions held among both union and business interests, House and Senate leaders, and many industry trade associations (APC, CAWP, PAPA, ACEC).  Read More…

October 20, 2016

District 10 APC/ASHE Fall Meeting

You are invited to our 2016 Fall Liaison Meeting to review and discuss construction projects from this season and preview the upcoming construction projects for 2017.

The meeting will be begin at 10:30 AM, Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at the Rustic Lodge, 2199 Oakland Avenue, Indiana, PA 15701, and end at 3:30 PM. Registration and social hour will be from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM. There will be time for interactive discussion, and we look forward to your comments to improve the quality of our construction projects. The agenda will include topics regarding safety, quality, surveying, structures, revised pipe specifications, paving, design, bidding, and PennDOT Project Collaboration Center (PPCC). If you have any issues you would like to add to the agenda for discussion, please contact Terrence F. Kerr, P.E., Acting Construction Services Engineer, at 724.357.2814. Read More…

October 20, 2016

Be Part of the Seminar!

Be a part of the premiere industry event! Meet one-on-one with key PennDOT personnel from the central office and around the state to resolve important construction issues. Visit with more than 165 exhibitors displaying the latest products and services to enhance your business. Attracting in excess of 1,700 registrants, the Fall Seminar offers information-packed breakout sessions, ample networking opportunities, and prominent motivational speakers.

Go here for complete information!

October 13, 2016

October 12 – PA Turnpike Letting Results

Go here to see the latest PA Turnpike letting results.

October 12, 2016

Comments Requested on Final Specification Changes to Pipe Inspection and Remediation


Risk Allocation Committee Chairman Al Hoffman made a great effort over the past year to work with PennDOT to improve the extremely difficult 100 year pipe specifications. His efforts had an important influence on the latest proposed revision, which, while not as onerous as previous versions, is still quite demanding and includes very significant penalties for non-attainment.

Below is the latest version of the specification for comment. Responses must be submitted by the closing date of Friday, October 14. APC believes that it has pushed as far as it can go to get a realistic specification. Any member who can offer any helpful improvements to the specification should provide them to ahoffman@road-con.com by noon Friday October 14. Read More…

October 12, 2016

New Documents Posted Related to NECEPT Bituminous Technician Certification Program

Three new documents have officially been posted to PennDOT’s Website (www.penndot.gov) under the FORMS, PUBS & MAPS section/link. All three (3) documents are related to the PennDOT/NECEPT Bituminous Technician Certification Program.

The  documents can also be accessed using the links below:

  1. 351 (10-16), Bituminous or Asphalt Technician Certification Program – Requirements
  2. CS-351F (9-16), Bituminous Field Technician in Training Form –
  3. CS-351P (9-16) – Bituminous Plant Technician in Training Form
October 11, 2016

Force Account – Implementation of New Specification

A new set of Force Account (FA) forms (CS-4347 Series) will be posted by the Bureau of Office Services on Monday, October 3, 2016. The new forms were created in fillable PDF format and will replace the current series of Force Account forms. The new forms have been designed to coordinate with both the old and new Force Account specifications; however, when used for FA work performed under the old specification, the User must ensure that markup percentages are correct and the statement does not include costs not allowed under the old specification. Read More…

September 30, 2016

Committee News

News from PHIA