Plenary Walsh Team Selected for P3 Bridge Project

APC Contractor Members and Designers to Perform Work

Walsh Keystone Partners was selected for the department’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, a Public-Private Partnership (P3) to replace 558 bridges across the state.

The team, which included 11 Pennsylvania-based subcontractors in its proposal, must begin construction in summer 2015 and complete the replacements within 36months. The commonwealth retains ownership of the bridges, but the team is responsible for maintaining each bridge for 25 years after its replacement. “This initiative reflects Governor Corbett’s strong commitment to taking innovative steps to bring improvements to the state’s roads and bridges more quickly and at reasonable cost,” Schoch said. “This agreement helps Pennsylvania take a big step to cutting further into its backlog of structurally deficient bridges.” Read More…

October 24, 2014

October 24, 2014 – PennDOT Letting Results

Go here to see the latest PennDOT letting results.

October 24, 2014

October 22, 2014 – PA Turnpike Letting Results

Go here to see the latest PA Turnpike letter results.

October 22, 2014

Act 89 Paves Way for PA to Buck National Downturn in Highway Construction

According to a report by the American Road and Transportation Builders association, the real value of highway and bridge contract awards was down 15 percent in the first three quarters of 2014 compared to last year. ARTBA’s analysis uses data from McGraw Hill. State and local governments awarded $41.8 billion in highway and bridge work between January and September 2014, compared to $48.6 billion during the same time period in 2013, when adjusted for material costs and inflation.

ARTBA’s latest data indicates that the slowdown we have seen throughout 2014 is continuing into the end of the summer construction season, when state and local governments put out most of their awards. The slowdown is widespread, with 24 states awarding fewer highway and bridge contracts through September 2014 than they did a year ago. Awards were up in 24 states and Washington, D.C., and programs were fairly flat in three states, either up or down within five percent.

In Pennsylvania, project lettings through September 30 have nearly doubled when compared to last year. That’s right doubled, from about $1.2 billion through September 2013 to $2.1 billion in 2014. PennDOT expects to award more contracts this fall to be ready for work in the 2015 season. Contract awards are a leading indicator of future work in the industry as projects get underway.

Drivers in the Commonwealth can expect to see the state deliver on its promise to provide safer roads and a better quality of life through convenient travel.

October 20, 2014

Election Day is Nov. 4

Support those who support us!

For the first time since the passage of Act 89 (the largest transportation funding initiative in 16 years), voters will have the chance to cast their votes in a General Election, which will be on Nov. 4th.  Your industry’s political voice—the TCI-PAC—has developed a Voter’s Guide to help you sort through several key races in the General Assembly by indicating those that have supported our industry, mainly via Act 89.   To download the Voter’s Guide, go here.

The TCI-PAC remains hard at work providing political support to those elected officials who stand up for the highway construction industry.  Maintaining our “political presence” would not have possible without the generous support of many individuals and companies that are part of the five-association political action committee.  For a list of those companies supporting the TCI-PAC, go here.


October 17, 2014

PennDOT Certified Concrete Technician Program – 2014-2015 Schedule of Certification Classes

The Innovations and Support Services Division of the Bureau of Project Delivery is pleased to announce that the schedule for the PennDOT Certified Concrete Technician Certification classes has been established and posted on the Northeast Center of Excellence for Pavement Technology (NECEPT) website at www.superpave.psu.edu . The schedule of classes, registration forms, and directions to participants may be found on the website. Courses will be held during the early months of 2015.

Use the links below to the 2014-2015 schedule of classes and a registration form and also instructions on OST’s and travel for your convenience. Any consultant or contractor with forty (40) students who is willing to host a session of the course may request additional courses by contacting the Construction Quality Assurance Section Chief, Joseph S. Robinson, P.E.

Any questions concerning the Concrete Technician Program or the registration process may be referred to Mr. Robinson at 717-787-4794.

October 16, 2014

Compton Tells Executive Committee Quality Effort on Track

Pa Turnpike CEO Mark Compton met this week with the APC executive committee and reiterated that the process started jointly by APC, ACEC, ACPA, CABA, PACA and PAPA in August is moving forward. The emphasis is a joint effort to improve working relationships and quality control as we implement projects funded by the recent transportation bill (Act 89). The plan is to develop a blueprint for transition to the next senior level managers at PennDOT and PTC. PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch is also championing this approach within the Department. The executive committee concluded that this is the number one issue for APC’s attention in 2015. Other issues and trends discussed by the executive committee included:

  • Impact of 70 mph speed limits on work zone crashes
  • Joint 2015 effort to permit automated speed enforcement in work zones
  • 2015 General Fund crisis – potential raid Motor License Fund and opportunity with State Police diversion
  • PennDOT emphasis on “quality”
  • PennDOT use of warranties
  • Involvement by APC on PennDOT TAG and PNG committees
  • Need for workforce skills development
  • Developing road construction industry image and branding with the public and customers
October 16, 2014

Committee News

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