Safety, Regulatory & Technical
Pa. Turnpike Looks to Foreign Investors for I-95 Connector
Foreign investors could provide $200 million to help connect the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Interstate 95 in southeastern Pennsylvania in a deal that would provide commissions and fees for the officers of a Philadelphia investment management company and green cards for the investors and their families.
May 22, 2013 – Construction Equipment Guide
OSHA Proposing Extension to Crane Operator Certification Requirements
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced that it will propose to extend the compliance date for the crane operator certification requirement by three years to November 10, 2017.
May 22, 2013 – forconstructionpros.com
VDOT plans $120M project to improve I-264 and I-64
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has advertised a $120 million project to rehabilitate 163 lane-miles of I-264 and I-64 in the Hampton Roads region. Contracts are scheduled to be awarded by the end of the year, with construction beginning early next year.
May 22, 2013 – Roads & Bridges
Construction Backlog Indicator 7% Higher than One Year Ago Despite Recent Declines
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today reports that its Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) declined 1.1 percent during the first quarter of 2013 and now stands at 7.9 months.
May 21, 2013 – forconstructionpros.com
Texas Increases Safety Focus - Results in Fatality Rate Drop
The construction fatality rate is declining faster in Texas than most other states according to a new analysis of federal safety data conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that the state's construction fatality and injury rates have declined as many contractors have spent much of the past decade focusing on improving workplace safety.
May 17, 2013 – forconstructionpros.com
Maryland announces 10 projects covered by gas-tax increase
The gas-tax increase in Maryland will be gradual, starting in July and ending three years later, but is expected to generate $1.2 billion in transportation improvements over the next six years.
May 17, 2013 – Roads & Bridges
Housing Starts Slip with Multifamily Correction in April
A correction from an unsustainably high level of production on the volatile multifamily side was largely responsible for a 16.5 percent dip in nationwide housing starts to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 853,000 units in April, according to newly released figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. However, permits for new construction headed solidly higher in the month, with a particularly strong gain in multifamily issuance.
May 16, 2013 – AED
NHTSA data shows 5.3% rise in US road accident deaths in 2012
An estimated 34,080 people died in road accidents in the United States in 2012, up 5.3% on the year before, according to a new report from the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
May 15, 2013 – World Highways
McDonnell signs Virginia roads bill
Gov. Robert F. McDonnell on Monday ceremonially signed the landmark transportation-funding bill that will generate $1.4 billion a year for Virginia roads, highways and rail.
May 13, 2013 – Washington Post
North Dakota is the Hottest State for Construction Jobs
Employment in the construction industry bottomed in 2011. Here's a look at the 10 states with the biggest percentage gains and declines in construction jobs since then.
May 10, 2013 – forconstructionpros.com
Wisconsin DOT Proposes Delays in Light of Deficit
State transportation officials released a new plan April 29 to delay reconstruction work on southeastern Wisconsin's freeways and scale back road aid to local governments in hopes of closing a looming deficit in the state's transportation fund.
May 10, 2013 – Construction Equipment Guide
U.S. rental construction, lack of first-time home buyers a sign of "inferior housing recovery"?
Despite recent dips in construction spending and employment, the mood in the industry is, well, better. Better than it was last year anyway as 151,000 jobs have been added since then, the unemployment rate is down to 13.2 percent and spending is up 5 percent.
May 8, 2013 – Equipment World
Pa. Senate Highways Plan Would Up Ante 50 Percent
Spending on Pennsylvania's highways, bridges and mass transit systems would get a big shot of new funding under a Senate plan unveiled April 16 that would raise the money by increasing motorist fees and wholesale gas taxes - bumping prices at the pump as much a quarter a gallon.
May 5, 2013 – Construction Equipment Guide
Nearly $3 Billion in New Contracts Will Challenge N.Y. Region Bridgebuilding
Construction officials in and around New York City celebrated on April 24 the award of nearly $3 billion in new bridge construction contracts as a boost to the region's economy and job growth.
May 3, 2013 – ENR
EPA to Award More than Half Billion to Water, Wastewater Plants Hit by Sandy
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on May 2 that it would provide $569 million to New York and New Jersey for improvements to wastewater and drinking water facilities hit by Hurricane Sandy last year.
May 2, 2013 – ENR
Survey shows Americans willing to pay tolls
More than 86% say they would pay the fee as long as road/bridge conditions would improve
May 1, 2013 – Roads & Bridges
Investment in Nonresidential Structures Declined in 2013 Q1
Evidence that the nation's economy is being fueled by consumer purchases, nonresidential fixed investment grew 2.1 percent in the first quarter of this year, with 3 percent growth in equipment and software investments partially offset by a 0.3 percent decrease in investment in structures, according to April 26 report by the Commerce Department on gross domestic product (GDP).
April 26, 2013 – Forconstructionpros
Ill. Gov. Unveils $12.62B Construction Program
Gov. Pat Quinn was joined by Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider on April 17 to unveil a six-year, $12.62 billion construction program that will improve roads and bridges throughout Illinois while making major investments in public transportation.
April 26, 2013 – Construction Equipment Guide
Traffic congestion increases by 4 percent in Q1 2013
Traffic congestion in the United States is on the rise, signaling an improvement in the nation's economy, USA Today reported.
April 25, 2013 – Better Roads
Transportation construction investments generate $354 billion in annual U.S. economic activity
The money invested in employment and purchases in the transportation construction industry generates $354 billion-or 2.25 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP)-annually in United States economic activity, according to an American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) report.
April 24, 2013 – Better Roads