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New Reports by ARTBA’s Transportation Investment Advocacy Center

ARTBA’s Transportation Investment Advocacy Center© (TIAC) has recently released two reports which will be of interest to all of you – the “State Transportation Funding Initiatives Report” and the “Variable-Rate State Gas Taxes Report.”

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February 27, 2015

February 26, 2015 – PennDOT Letting Results

Go here to see the latest PennDOT letting results.

February 26, 2015

February 25, 2015 – PA Turnpike Letting Results

Go here to see the latest PA Turnpike letter results.

February 25, 2015

Comments Requested on Proposed Specification Changes

S 14-015 – Proposes to revise Pub. 409 Section 409.3(j)3 to simplify the procedure for establishment of an Optimum Rolling Pattern for bituminous density acceptance. PTM 402 and PTM 403 have been revised for establishing an Optimum Rolling Pattern by the nuclear method and by the electrical Impedance measurement method. To view the documents, go here. Forward comments to the Pennsylvania Asphalt Paving Association at by February 26 for inclusion in PAPA’s comments on this change.

H 13-058 – Proposes revisions Standard Special Provision G-a01901 “Insurance-General Applications”, G-a01902 “Insurance-General Application-Additional Coverage Limits” and G-a02001 ”Insurance Involving a non-operating Railroad” to eliminate discrepancies among  insurance requirements  when railroads are involved. To view the documents, go here.  Provide comments directly to PennDOT  by March 5 using the electronic spread sheet provided

S15-001 – Proposes to change to Pub. 408 Section 409.3(h)1.a to require the use of a Material Transfer Vehicle while placing RPS pavements. To view the documents, go here. Provide comments directly to PennDOT  March 6 using the electronic spread sheet provided.

H 15-005 Proposes revisions to Pub. 408 Section 624 to address measurement and payment for additional pay items for Guardrail. To view the documents, go here. Provide comments directly to PennDOT  March 11 using the electronic spread sheet provided.

February 24, 2015

Stand Up For Transportation Day

Please join the Pennsylvania Public Transportation Association (PPTA) in partnership with the Keystone Transportation Funding Coalition (KTFC) on April 8, 2015, as we collectively call attention to the state of our transportation infrastructure in this country.   Stand Up for Transportation Day will be a local day for national education and outreach to the public and our elected officials.  Our goal is to raise awareness for the nation’s long-term transportation infrastructure funding plight.

Help send a message to Congress that the expansion, maintenance and upkeep of our public transit, roads and bridges needs to be dealt with now and we need long-term investment in our aging infrastructure. Read More…

February 18, 2015

Seasonal Worker – Unemployment Compensation

During the last week’s District 9-0 meeting we discussed the issue regarding seasonal workers and the negative impact upon them from Act 60 (Unemployment Compensation Reform).

APC is working with leaders in the PA House of Representatives and Senate at the highest levels to alleviate this situation.  However, your information/input is crucial.  Please provide the following:

  • Your assessment of the severity of the problem;
  • Number of employees impacted;
  • Annual salary range of those employees;
  • Your ideas for what would fix the problem

Please contact Bob Latham ( / 717-238-2513 ext. 102) or Jason Wagner ( / ext. 111) with any questions.

February 13, 2015

REMINDER: DBE Good Faith Requirements

The Department has revised its DSP4 (Diverse Business Requirements) in 100% state funded projects.  The update reflects some changes contained in Act 89, the 2013 Transportation Funding bill.  While these projects will not contain specific project goals for DB (Diverse Business) participation, if you are declared the apparent low bidder, and you intend to subcontract any portion of the project, you are still required to submit Good Faith Effort documentation regarding your efforts to seek DB participation. This documentation is due seven calendar days from the bid opening date.  This is the most important aspect to keep in mind at this time. Refer to Section III. B. for a listing of actions that constitute a Good Faith Effort.


February 13, 2015

PHIA to Hold Meet the Chairmen Breakfast

The Pennsylvania Highway Information Association (PHIA) in conjunction with the American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania (ACEC/PA) will host a breakfast on March 3, 2015 featuring the four chairmen of the Pennsylvania House and Senate Transportation Committees. For more information, go here.

February 5, 2015

Winter 2015 Issue of Highway Builder Now Available

The Winter 2015 edition of Highway Builder has been mailed to subscribers. An electronic (pdf) version is also available for download here.

January 29, 2015

SOL 481-15-02 Sampling and Transporting Criteria for Concrete Cores

PennDOT is forming a small workgroup with representation from PACA, CABA/PPA, APC and FHWA along with Department staff to discuss conditioning and testing of concrete cores and ultimately determine whether to retain AASHTO T-24 or possibly adopt another standard.  Roger Studer from Hempt Brothers will represent APC.  The Strike-off Letter giving further detail can be found here.  Contact Bob Latham at APC’s office or Roger Studer at Hempt Brothers if you have input.

January 28, 2015

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