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APC 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.

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Urgent: Contact Your Legislators Today!

If you have not yet done so, please take a few minutes to call your House and Senate Member to ask them to end the transfers of money from the Motor License Fund to the General Fund.

The latest version of the 2016-17 budget would divert $802 million. That represents the equivalent of 13 cents per gallon, more than one-fifth of the approximately 55 cents in taxes levied per gallon. The diverted amount is increasing at a rate at which it will reach nearly $1 billion per year in the next five years.

At a press conference today organized by the PA Highway Information Association, PennDOT Secretary warned that major highway projects would not be completed unless we find a way to stop taking Motor License Fund money for the General Fund. Read More…

June 28, 2016
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June 24, 2016 – PennDOT Letting Results

Go here to see the latest PennDOT letting results.

June 24, 2016

Automated Work Zone Enforcement Advances in the Senate

Source:  PA Highway Information Association (PHIA)

600600p472EDNmain1155Senate 4June 23 — Senate Bill 840, sponsored by Senator David Argall (R-Berks), which creates a pilot program for automated camera enforcement in work zones, passed unanimously out of Senate Appropriations Committee last night.

Before passage, the committee adopted two amendments to SB 840: first, Senator Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) introduced an amendment to direct the revenue from tickets to the Motor License Fund; second, Senator Argall made some technical changes to the language. Both amendments were adopted unanimously.

The bill would create a five year, sun-setting pilot program for automated enforcement systems on interstate highways during active work times. The highways must be under the jurisdiction of PennDOT or the Turnpike Commission, and enforcement zones will be noted at least twice before a driver enters the work zone. The bill also mandates that the Secretary of Transportation and the Chairman of the Turnpike Commission post a notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin before a new speed enforcement system is operational. Read More…

June 23, 2016
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Industry Conference Call on Motor License Fund/General Fund Diversion

When the collective industry effort was leading the advocacy for Act 89 (comprehensive transportation funding) we held weekly “all industry conference calls” to organize industry grassroots contacts via phone and/or visit to educate legislators on the issue.

The current state budget (2015-16) redirects $755 million from the Motor License Fund toward a total State Police budget of just under $1.2 billion. Next year’s proposed budget asks for more. Act 89 promised a “Decade of Investment” that would bring the state’s transportation system up to acceptable standards. Without addressing this draining of highway dollars from the Motor License Fund, the state’s ability to deliver road improvements outlined in the “Decade of Investment” will never materialize.

To combat further erosion of highway funds to the General Fund, we will begin a similar grassroots effort with an industry-wide conference call on Monday, June 20 at 2:00 pm. The call in Number is: 1-712-432-1500 / Code: 948347# 

Please plan to call in for about 30 minutes to review the status of the issue, learn the talking points, and discuss the list of legislators to contact them asap to ask for the $755 cap this year with the future funding solution to be a result of the LBFC study and the TAC recommendations.

Documents for Review

 

June 16, 2016
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Publication 408: Section 110.03(d), Force Account

APC has received notice of the final draft of the Force Account specification re-write. The draft has been sent to FHWA for approval – possibly for use in projects let as soon as August of this year. PennDOT intends to implement these changes in several parts – the changes specific to the Force Account Automation will be implemented last. APC will be discussing implementation concerns – e.g., WC insurance submissions mid-policy etc.  Read More…

June 15, 2016
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Free ARTBA Webinar: Explore Fly Ash Availability in the U.S.

A free ARTBA webinar June 22 (1:00pm) will explore the current and long-term outlook for fly ash, which is a widely-used and cost-effective way to bolster concrete durability for roads, bridges, runways and other infrastructure. Read More…

June 15, 2016
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June 15 – PA Turnpike Letting Results

Go here to see the latest PA Turnpike letting results.

June 15, 2016
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Agenda for June Bridge Committee Meeting

The agenda for the June 17, 2016, APC Bridge Committee Meeting is available here.

June 14, 2016
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Bridge Committee Minutes

Minutes from the March 11, 2016, Bridge Committee meeting are now available.

June 10, 2016
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Five PA Congressman Sign Graves-Norton Letter

House Highways and Transit Subcommittee Chairman Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and Ranking Democrat Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) were joined by 128 of their colleagues in a May 25 letter urging the bipartisan leadership of the tax-writing Ways & Means (W&M) Committee to include a permanent Highway Trust Fund (HTF) revenue plan in any tax code reform bill.

The letter was signed by 56 Republicans and 74 Democrats in the two weeks it was circulated. The fact that such broad bipartisan support was secured in a short time reflects the continued interest on Capitol Hill to avoid the previous eight-year cycle of trust fund revenue crises and temporary bailouts. Specifically, the Grave-Norton letter states:
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June 2, 2016

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