Registration Now Open for the 2014 Fall Seminar!
Delegate and exhibitor registrations for the 2014 APC/PennDOT Fall Seminar are now being accepted. The seminar will be held November 19-21, 2014, at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center. Visit the Fall Seminar website for complete registration information.
2014 JAMES J. SKELLY AWARD – Nominations Now Being Accepted
APC Members are requested to participate in submitting nominations for the "James J. Skelly APC Award." The purpose of the award is to give appropriate recognition to members of APC who have made an outstanding contribution in advancing the broad objectives of the Association. DOWNLOAD THE NOMINATION FORM To be eligible for the award, a person must be an officer or employee of a firm having membership in the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors and have made a distinct contribution to the cause of better roads either through the Association or in connection with his or her other activities.
APC NEWS & UPDATES
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.
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.
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.
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
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Tollbooth Exhibit is a special presentation of The State Museum of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation. The exhibit, opening in fall of 2015, commemorates the Pennsylvania Turnpike and updates the museum’s transportation presentation through a showcased interpretation of the Pennsylvania Turnpike using rare artifacts such as a Turnpike tollbooth (c. 1940) and a “road conditions” sign (c. 1970).
APC has teamed up with ACEC/PA and The Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation to support the Pennsylvania Turnpike Exhibit and we invite you to also offer your support of the new exhibit that will help enrich the education and experience of more than 100,000 annual visitors to The State Museum of Pennsylvania.
Our goal is for the engineering and contracting community to raise $160,000 by December 2014 for the Tollbooth Exhibit.
For complete information download the Flyer.
Comments Requested on Proposed Revision to Roadway Maintenance Requirements in M&P of Traffic Specifications
Clearance Transmittal H 14-044 requests comments on a revision of Section 901.3(b) Maintenance of Roadway and/or Structures to list the specific activities that are the responsibility of the contractor. This revision has long been sought by the Risk Allocation Committee to eliminate any implication that the Contractor is responsible for physical repair of roadways and /or structures incidental to Item 901. To view the documents, use the following links:
- CT H-14-044 (pdf)
- Proposed Revision to Publication 408, Section 901.3(b), Maintenance of Roadway and/or Structures (doc)
- CT H-14-044 Comment Form (xlsx)
Please forward comments to Leonard Bellanca email@example.com by October 22 so that APC can provide a coordinated response to the CT.
News from PHIA
October 17, 2014
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October 10, 2014
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October 3, 2014
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October 1, 2014
PennDOT’s continuing effort to highlight the benefits of Act 89, the transportation funding bill, .... Read More