August 25, 2016 – PennDOT Letting Results

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August 25, 2016

TRIP Releases Report on Value of Mon-Fayette Expy

The release of TRIP’s latest report in Pittsburg earlier this week generated front page-stories in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Mon Valley Herald-Standard and Observer-Reporter. Preliminary news monitoring also shows broadcasts on Pittsburgh’s WPXI-TV (NBC 11), WTAE (ABC 4) and WESA 90.5 FM (NPR). The following link, TRIP Mon-Fayette Expy and MLK Jr Busway East Extension report and news coverage, contains the coverage generated to date.

Joe Kirk, coordinator for the Expressway Completion Campaign which is an initiative of the Mon Valley Alliance noted that the press conference sent a very positive and essential message in support of the Mon Fayette Expressway. PHIA’s Jason Wagner participated in the press event. Your contributions to the APC Educational Trust Fund help to finance efforts such as TRIP’s Mon-Fayette Expressway study. The APC Educational Trust Fund is a major funding supporter of TRIP.

August 25, 2016

STIC Consultant Innovation Day – August 30

Join the STIC for an Innovation Day Workshop on August 30 at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square. Technical experts from PennDOT and the PA Turnpike will present plans for deploying innovations including accelerated bridge construction, stormwater management and sustainability planning, safety innovations, and connected and autonomous vehicle policy. Read More…

August 22, 2016

Comments Requested on Proposes changes to Pub 408, Section 203

Step 2 CT –  Proposes changes to Pub 408, Section 203, new section 2XX for Blasting for Rock Cut Slope Excavation; and POM, Part B.1.15 (S-15-030) Publication 408, Section 203 – Class 1, Class 1A, and Class 1B Excavation and  is being circulated as a Step 2 CT for comment. The proposed changes are a result of a proposed new Section to Publication 408, Section 2xx – Blasting For Rock Cut Slope Excavation. Publication 408, Section 2xx – Blasting For Rock Cut Slope Excavation has been extensively revised based on comments received from the Step 1 CT and is being circulated as a Step 2 CT for comment. The new Section aims to provide a more comprehensive specification than the current and reduce the need for special provisions during Department projects which require production and controlled blasting operations. The proposed changes to Project Office Manual, Part B, Section 1, Page 15-1, Documentation For Blasting Operations has been revised and is being circulated as a Step 2 CT for comment. The proposed changes are a result of a proposed new Section to Publication 408, Section 2xx – Blasting For Rock Cut Slope Excavation. The proposed PennDOT Blasting Forms TR-39, TR-40, TR-41, TR-42, TR-43, TR-44, and TR-45 are being circulated as a Step 2 CT for comment to be used in conjunction with the new Publication 408, Section 2xx- Blasting for Rock Cut Slope Excavation.

To view the documents, use the links below:

Please provide comments to PennDOT on the electronic spread sheet provided by September 5, 2016.

August 20, 2016

State Police Funding Diversion Continues to Get Attention

In this op-ed column, State Senator Jim Brewster outlines the issue and notes that the solution to public safety funding will have to include stopping the diversion of money from PennDOT to the State Police. Go here for article.

August 18, 2016

Comments requested on Proposed Spec Changes

C-16-003 – Proposed Standard Special Provision for Non-Alkaline Aggregate for Acidic Drainage – Limestone drainage aggregate used to collect acidic mine waters can quickly accumulate metal hydroxide deposits which results in clogging. In such cases, using a non-calcareous aggregate to convey acid mine waters prolongs the service life of subsurface drainage system. To view the documents, use the following links:

Please forward  comments to PennDOT on the electronic spread sheet provided by August 31.

T-16-013 Step 2 – Change to section 901.3(a) to add a second type of material to be used for the sign coverings. The change to Section 901.3(k) allows pavement markings placed at the Department’s direction to be replaced at the Department’s expense. To view the documents, use the following links:

Please forward  comments to PennDOT by September 13.

S15-023 – The PNG Geotechnical Task Group has developed this SSP for rock slope scaling to reduce the need for the Districts to develop individual special provisions for projects involving mechanical scaling and stabilization of existing rock slope surface. To view the documents, use the links below.

Please provide comments to PennDOT by September 12 on the electronic spread sheet provided.

August 18, 2016

APC SPECIAL REPORT – Force Account Specification

A briefing paper on the new Force Account Specification is available for download here.

For several months, APC and PennDOT negotiated a revised specification on Force Account and Force Account mark-ups. A special provision with the new Specification is in bid proposals beginning with the August 25 letting. The title of the SSP is “Changes to Specifications: Section 110”.

Later in August, PennDOT will record and post a Webex on this topic. It will cover the changes to the specification, as well as, new forms that have been developed for use until Force Account automation is incorporated into ECMS. These on line forms will continue to be used by agencies outside of PennDOT (e.g. PA Turnpike Commission). All contractors and subcontractors will have access to the Webex via ECMS. APC will provide more details on that later.

APC Member Call-In Session /  Friday, August 19
Meanwhile, exclusively for APC members the APC Risk Allocation Committee, chaired by Al Hoffman, will host a call-in session this Friday, August 19 at 9:00 a.m. APC members can call in and ask questions or raise concerns prior to the August 25 bid opening. To participate use the following:

  • Call in Number: 712-432-1500
  • PIN: 948347#

Tomorrow, we will send out a briefing paper on the new Force Account Specification for your review prior to Friday’s call.

August 17, 2016

2016 FALL SEMINAR: Sponsorship Opportunities

APC is now accepting sponsorships for the 38th Annual APC/PennDOT Fall Seminar to be held on November 16-18, 2016, at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center.

August 17, 2016

For Review: New Work Zone Traffic Control QA Evaluation Form

PennDOT released a clearance transmittal seeking comments on a new proposed WZTC QA Evaluation Form. The new QA form was developed to provide a standard and consistent evaluation of temporary traffic control. The form will be utilized statewide by, but not limited to, construction (including P3), maintenance, permits, and utilities projects. Once this electronic (fillable) form is finalized, all other Temporary Traffic Control QA forms will become obsolete.

Please review this form and provide any feedback to jwagner@paconstructors.org by Sept. 9.

August 12, 2016

USDOT recognizes PennDOT as ‘model’ for Highway Project Innovation

APC’s Bob Latham participated in a gathering last week with PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards and top US DOT officials to recognize the advancements made by PA’s Statewide Transportation Innovations Council.  (see linked article).  As we seek to move forward with enhancing our workforce, the workforce development effort of the Transportation Quality Initiative (TQI) has been melded into the PA STIC as a new initiative.  This should add more emphasis and allow coordination with a new USDOT workforce initiative discussed last week during the meeting with US DOT officials.  Recently, PennDOT received a $400,000 “Ladders to Opportunity” grant to further develop the construction mobile App that was originally developed by the Constructor Association of Western PA.  The grant will allow the App to be enhanced and applied statewide.

August 10, 2016

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