Work Zone Awareness Week Begins Today
Today marks the beginning of National Work Zone Awareness Week, and PHIA – along with PennDOT and the construction industry – join again to urge the public to slow down and pay attention as the 2015 construction season begins. While we are all thankful for the passage of Act 89, the transportation funding measure, it brought with it the challenge of an increasing number of work zones across the Commonwealth. That means more lane restrictions, more people working in them and more drivers traveling through them. Read more at PHIA.
APC/PennDOT Flagger Train-the-Trainer
Registration is now open for the next Flagger Train-the-Trainer session on April 24, 2015, at the APC office in Harrisburg. Go here to register.
2015 APC/PennDOT District Liaison Meetings
Plans are underway for the 2015 APC/PennDOT District Liaison Meetings. These meetings held in each PennDOT District provide an open forum for the public and private sectors to address district and statewide issues relative to the Commonwealth’s highway construction industry. For complete information on the 2015 meetings go here.
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
PennDOT is currently offering Work Zone Traffic Control Manager – Train the Trainer sessions. This course is intended for potential trainers of the Traffic Control Manager course. Those trainers will then be certified to train individuals to serve as Work Zone Traffic Control Managers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
For more information on this course go here.
APC staff continues to work for a legislative resolution on the seasonal worker/unemployment compensation issue and the negative impacts on the industry when Act 60 (Unemployment Compensation Reform Act) passed in 2012. In the past few weeks, APC has met with Acting Labor & Industry Secretary Kathy Manderino and House and Senate Leaders. Most recently, APC met with staff of the House Labor and Transportation Committees. Legislation is currently being drafted that proposes to provide a more permanent fix in the law that will help a significant number of those in the industry. As this legislation advances, APC staff will work in conjunction with other industry associations (ACEC, PAPA and CAWP) and various trade unions in crafting a consensus legislative proposal to provide relief for the industry. We expect this issue to advance in the General Assembly in the upcoming weeks as the legislature deals with the state budget. Read More…
As discussed at the last APC/PennDOT Information Technology Committee meeting, PennDOT is building a Force Account Module including the daily sign-offs within ECMS to standardize the process with workflow.
In doing so, the Department would like to build a selectable list of Equipment types. To make this list as comprehensive and accurate as possible, PennDOT is asking members to provide the Year, Make, Model, and description (similar Blue Book if possible) of all equipment. If members wish to include their BPID that would be helpful but not required.
- Equipment lists can forwarded to APC’s Joe Mulvihill at email@example.com.
- List can be submitted in Text, MS Word, MS Excel or CSV format.
- The deadline for submission is April 28.
The Delaware River Port Authority’s 2015 Summer Intern Program is accepting applications. This year, they are budgeted for 60 interns. They will be assigned to work in positions within toll, DRPA and PATCO operations, and administration at various bridge facilities, PATCO, and One Port Center. Most interns will be paid $10/hour. PATCO custodians, as per the Teamsters contract, are paid the customary 85% of the starting rate, which is $17.37/hour. Read More…
H-14-043 (Step 2) – Revision to Pub. 408 Section 108.01(e) to update requirements relating to the content of subcontract agreements to permit pertinent provisions and requirements that can be incorporated by reference rather than physically incorporated. This revision WILL NOT apply to ”FAR – Required Contract Provisions for Federal-Aid Construction Contracts”.
- To view the documents, go here. Forward comments directly to PennDOT on the electronic spread sheet provided by April 6, 2015.
S-14-050 (Step 1) proposes changes to Pub. 408, Section 709 and 1002 and POM Section C.7.3 – Reinforcement Bars to address damages to galvanized rebar and outline acceptable repair practices.
- To view the documents, go here. Forward comments directly to PennDOT on the electronic spread sheet provided by April 9, 2015.
S 14-036 (Step 2) proposes changes to redefine the Levels of Certification for Bulletin 15 Producers and clarifies the requirements for compliance certification for Bulletin 15 materials per Pub. 408 Sections 106, 409, 701 and 702 and Project Office Manual Sections B.6.3, B.7.5 and B.7.6.
- To view the documents, go here. Forward comments directly to PennDOT on the electronic spread sheet provided by April 16, 2015.
S-14-022 (Step 2) Addresses the applicability of densified silica fume which meets all the requirements of AASHTO M307 with the exception of percent passing the #325 sieve until M307 can be revised through committee.
- To view the documents, go here. Forward comments directly to PennDOT on the electronic spread sheet provided by April 17, 2015.
Today marks the beginning of National Work Zone Awareness Week, and PHIA – along with PennDOT and the construction industry – join again to urge the public to slow down and pay attention as the 2015 construction season begins.
While we are all thankful for the passage of Act 89, the transportation funding measure, it brought with it the challenge of an increasing number of work zones across the Commonwealth. That means more lane restrictions, more people working in them and more drivers traveling through them.
The PA Turnpike will celebrate its 75th anniversary Oct. 1, 2015, and Highway Builder magazine is planning a special tribute issue this summer with an eye on “what’s coming down the ‘pike.” From a historical standpoint, we would also like to include remembrances from our members who worked with the Commission over the years – has your firm played a role in the history of the Turnpike? Do you have a special memory to share? How did working on the Turnpike change your business?
Help us celebrate this milestone event by submitting your brief reminiscence to Cindy Sells at firstname.lastname@example.org. Congratulatory ads are also being accepted. Contact Mark Wolf at email@example.com or 866.679.9340 to reserve your ad space.
APC went public this week with the industry’s concern over the continuing leakage of money from the constitutionally protected Motor License Fund. The Wolf budget proposal calls for an allocation of $739 million from the MLF to the State Police. It’s a $63 million increase from the current budget. It’s growing rapidly, and is approaching three-quarters of the State Police budget. “Pennsylvanians expect the revenue increases from the funding act to be used for bridges and highways, and an increasing amount of that revenue is being diverted for other uses,” said APC’s executive vice president Bob Latham during an interview this week with NBC Lancaster affiliate WGAL TV.
Latham will also appear this week on Pennsylvania Newsmakers with Terry Madonna discussing the State Police diversion and the need for Congress to act on MAP-21 reauthorization. Read More…
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