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Larry Caudle
Article September 04, 2018
Over the years, I have written several articles stressing the paramount importance to contractors of strictly adhering to written notice requirements in their contracts regarding changes in the work, delays and other unforeseen events, and highlighting the harsh consequences of failing to do so.  ...
FIU bridge collapse
News August 22, 2018
Siding with the Miami Herald, a Tallahassee judge Tuesday ordered state transportation officials to hand over records related to the March bridge collapse at Florida International University (FIU) that resulted in six deaths.   The Herald sued the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) in May...
Larry Caudle
Article August 02, 2018
On heavy-highway projects, subcontractors typically perform about half, and even up to 70%, of the work required.   That percentage is even greater within the building construction industry as many prime contractors focus solely on project management and do not self-perform work. The mere presence...
FIU bridge collapse
News August 01, 2018
A Leon County, Fla., circuit court judge will soon decide if federal law bars the state from releasing certain records that might reveal more about the Florida International University (FIU) bridge collapse that killed six people this past March.   Judge Kevin J. Carroll heard arguments Tuesday in...
U.S. Capitol
News July 25, 2018
Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, released a draft of a long-awaited infrastructure plan on Monday that addresses possible funding sources for a number of potential projects.   The bill calls for significant federal investment in...
Public transit safety rules
News July 19, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued two final regulations to strengthen the safety of public transportation systems, the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan rule and the Safety Certification Training Program rule.   With these actions, FTA has...
ODOT road work

ODOT was able to merge 25 years of road and bridge work into just four due to innovative financing.

Article July 05, 2018
OHIO: A fantastic fury Bill Wilson, Editorial Director   Located in northwest Ohio, the city of Toledo has just as many University of Michigan devotees as it does Ohio State University fans.   The area is used to times of fury, but non-stop for four years straight? Hard to imagine, but it is all...
Larry Caudle
Article July 05, 2018
Despite its tremendous importance to the industry, I have refrained from writing on the collapse of the pedestrian bridge at Florida International University that occurred on March 15, 2018, because until the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concludes its investigation and project...
AASHTO considers federal tariff effect on road, bridge industry
News July 02, 2018
This article is adapted from an original posting to the AASHTO Journal.   The economic impact of Trump administration tariffs imposed on a number of goods, but notably steel and aluminum, continues to generate growing concern, especially regarding the cost of infrastructure projects.   The American...
Michael Sweeney, HNTB
Article July 02, 2018
With continued partisan gridlock in the U.S. Congress, it has been difficult for meaningful federal transportation initiatives to roll forward–and progress is likely to remain stalled until 2019 or later. President Trump admitted as much in a late-March speech when he predicted, “You’ll probably...
Larry Caudle
Article June 05, 2018
Most heavy-highway contracts contain either a fixed date for contract completion or a stated number of calendar or work days within which all work must be completed. They also contain a mechanism or procedure through which the contractor may receive an extension to the allotted time for changes in...
transit rules
News May 31, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) yesterday issued the Private Investment Project Procedures (PIPP) Final Rule that describes new procedures aimed at helping the federal government develop more effective approaches to spurring private...
Autonomous vehicles
News May 14, 2018
Gov. John Kasich signed an executive order Wednesday aimed at attracting more testing of autonomous-vehicle technology on Ohio's roadways.   The executive order also provides direction to both government and industry on how to regulate and stage such testing. Kasich also pitched autonomous vehicles...
Traffic tech patents
Article May 02, 2018
  Brian Mack; Anna Quinn   The traffic and transit industry continues to make significant technological strides impacting traffic safety and efficiency. New and improved traffic systems, vehicle automation, and enhanced communications all contribute to safer, more connected roadways. Each idea...
Larry Caudle
Article May 01, 2018
Prime contractors and their subcontractors often haggle over subcontract language, and they often simply strike through language that is undesirable thereby leaving the language (and strikethrough) readable in the executed version.   The stricken language is always regarded by courts as omitted...
Highway plan
News April 30, 2018
Kentucky's recently passed $8.5 billion 2018 highway plan aims to prioritize spending on 1,400 projects, including work on 1,000 bridges and improvements to 5,000 miles of pavement, plus road widening and the reconstruction of existing roads, along with construction of new routes and interchanges...
Rail transit safety
News April 13, 2018
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report that recommends the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) strengthen its safety oversight by improving guidance the agency provided to states.   Specifically, GAO suggests the FTA create a plan for developing risk-based inspection guidance...
New York State Thruway
News April 13, 2018
Lawyers for the Seneca Nation of Indians sued New York State on Thursday, charging that the state broke federal laws more than 60 years ago when it built a 2.7-mile section of the New York State Thruway through Seneca territory in southern Erie County.   The lawsuit demands that the state...
deficient bridges
News April 11, 2018
Gov. Phil Bryant on Tuesday declared a state of emergency, issuing a proclamation that orders the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) to immediately close 83 city and county bridges, a number that increased to 102 by the following day, that have been deemed deficient by federal National...
FIU bridge collapse
News April 06, 2018
The family of Florida International University (FIU) freshman Alexa Duran, who was killed in last month's pedestrian bridge collapse, has filed a lawsuit in connection with the FIU bridge collapse.   Duran, 18, was the first of six people to be identified after the pedestrian bridge that connected...
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