APC Commemorates Work Zone Safety Week
April 7 through 11 is National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week. APC joins with everyone in the industry in reminding motorist to be alert and SLOW DOWN in work zones. Tragically, we sometimes hear about a highway worker killed on the job. Such devastation can often present a lifetime of challenges for the families left behind. We often forget about the families and the financial repercussions that result from a missing income. Seeking post high school education may no longer be a reality for these children in the wake of a tragic work zone accident. With your help, APC is partnering ...
Governor Corbett Announces Decade of Investment Projects
Governor Tom Corbett and Secretary of Transportation Barry Schoch today announced more than 250 additional projects that will be begin this year as a direct result of the passage of the new transportation funding law, Act 89.PennDOT announced that approximately $2.1 billion in projects will be put out for bid this year which represents about $600 million more than what would have occurred without the passage of Act 89. Secretary Schoch emphasized that the general public will see tangible projects underway this year. He cited that approximately 900 projects will get underway this year.
New Flagger Training CD Available
An updated version of the training CD that is provided to session attendees is now available. The new CD can be purchased for $50 by any individual that attended a flagger training session in the past. Go here to order.
Register Now For PHIA’s 2014 Transportation Conference
Registration for the 2014 PHIA Transportation conference is no open. Go here for complete information.
Shuster to Keystone Transportation Coalition Members: “You Wrote the Playbook”
Yesterday, a group of Keystone TransportationFunding Coalition members traveled to Washington to meet with Pennsylvania's congressional delegation. We discussed the importance of transportation funding, and explained how we in Pennsylvania managed to advance such an initiative at the state level. In meeting with Congressmen Shuster, Meehan, Thompson, Marino, and Dent, KTFC members urged the delegation to continue the strong federal program and pass a timely Reauthorization of MAP-21. Key transportation staff from other members’ offices also attended session. Dave Bauer, ARTBA’s Vice President of Government Affairs also briefed the group.
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
An APC subcommittee led by Treasurer Max Hempt will meet Friday, April 25, with top Turnpike engineering officials to discuss concerns for traffic control issues on PTC projects. The growing trend at PTC is for less work hours being allowed. APC is suggesting that is by allowing more time to work when finally getting the pattern up will actually shorten the traffic impact. Please contact Bob Latham at the APC office with any questions or input/
The Spring 2014 edition of Highway Builder has been mailed to subscribers. An electronic (pdf) version is also available for download here.
Did You Know (DYK)?…
APC has introduced a new regular column to Highway Builder magazine. DYK articles are designed to contain a wide range of tips and best practices to help you build a better business. Past issues have featured articles by APC members Stambaugh Ness, P.C. (“Now is the Time for a Business Physical”) and Murray Securus/Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman, P.C. (“Managing Risks in Hiring Independent Contractors to Transport Construction Materials and Equipment”). If you would like to be contacted about submitting an article, kindly email HB Editor Cindy Sells.
CT S-14-007 – transmits a copy of Standard Special Provision 508A- Evaluation and Payment of Ride Quality Incentive, which will be used on all contracts which contain a ride equality incentive on bituminous and/or concrete pavement including approach slab and bridge deck work, and also transmits a copy of Standard Special Provision 508-B Evaluation of Ride Quality Across Bridge Decks and Approach Slabs, for use on projects where only bridge deck and approach slab work will be evaluated for ride quality and no incentive payments are to be made. This is the only distribution that will be made for these Special Provisions since they were developed through a PNG-Construction QA Team. To view the documents, please go here.
This week’s Pennsylvania Newsmakers hosts Bob Latham, Executive Vice President of Associated Pennsylvania Constructors, who provides an update on the bridge, highway, and mass transit projects underway and other aspects of the improvements.
Video streaming of the entire program is available right now on the Pennsylvania Newsmakers website.
Airing on the following stations:
- WGAL Channel 8 (Harrisburg and Lancaster) Sunday, April 20th at 7:30 AM
- WBPH (Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia) Monday, April 21st at 8:30 PM
- WKBS 47 (Altoona) Saturday, April 26th at 9:30 AM
- WPCB 40 (Pittsburgh) Saturday, April 26th at 9:30 AM
CT C-10-016 (Step 2) (previously circulated) is being sent to address a standard Special Provision for Superpave asphalt mixture design, Standard and RPS construction of asphalt pavements with percent within tolerance and LTS testing. Please provide comments to PennDOT by the closing date, ASpril 18, using the electronic spread sheet provided. Go here to view documents.
PennDOT Clearance Transmittal CT H-13-003 requests comment on a proposed revision of Pub. 408 Section 110.03 (d), as follows:
- If the Contractor fails to provide documentation for the cost of any materials, rented equipment or services within 90 days of completing work on a Force Account, the Department will compute payment based on the labor and equipment records it has. Payment will be denied for the undocumented costs.
- The Department will review Force Account submissions and notify the Contractor, in writing, within 14 calendar days of submission regarding all corrections or additional documentation required. If the Contractor fails to furnish an appropriate response within 14 days, final payment wil be made on the basis of the Department’s records.
This proposed change to the Force Account specifications, which was originally circulated in February, 2013, stated that costs not documented within 45 days of completion of the Force Account would not ever be paid, and had no requirement at all for the time of Department response. Read More…
News from PHIA
April 10, 2014
While lifting the cap on Pennsylvania’s Oil Company Franchise Tax may have caused a modest increas .... Read More
April 4, 2014
The PA Department of Transportation (PennDOT) posted a list of over 250 additional projects that are .... Read More
April 3, 2014
Gov. Tom Corbett announced today that PennDOT will invest $2.1 billion in bridge and highway work th .... Read More
April 1, 2014
The effects of Act 89 continue to spike PennDOT lettings in 2014. PennDOT bid a little over $68 .... Read More