Fall Issue of Highway Builder Now Available

The Fall 2014 edition of Highway Builder has been mailed to subscribers. An electronic (pdf) version is also available for download here.

October 27, 2014

In Memoriam Lewis J. Hoover

APC is sad to report that past president, Lewis J. Hoover, passed away October 20. 2014. For more information, go here.

October 27, 2014

Plenary Walsh Team Selected for P3 Bridge Project

APC Contractor Members and Designers to Perform Work

Walsh Keystone Partners was selected for the department’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, a Public-Private Partnership (P3) to replace 558 bridges across the state.

The team, which included 11 Pennsylvania-based subcontractors in its proposal, must begin construction in summer 2015 and complete the replacements within 36months. The commonwealth retains ownership of the bridges, but the team is responsible for maintaining each bridge for 25 years after its replacement. “This initiative reflects Governor Corbett’s strong commitment to taking innovative steps to bring improvements to the state’s roads and bridges more quickly and at reasonable cost,” Schoch said. “This agreement helps Pennsylvania take a big step to cutting further into its backlog of structurally deficient bridges.” Read More…

October 24, 2014

October 24, 2014 – PennDOT Letting Results

Go here to see the latest PennDOT letting results.

October 24, 2014

October 22, 2014 – PA Turnpike Letting Results

Go here to see the latest PA Turnpike letter results.

October 22, 2014

Act 89 Paves Way for PA to Buck National Downturn in Highway Construction

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.

October 20, 2014

Election Day is Nov. 4

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.


October 17, 2014

Committee News

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