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Congress transportation policy
News February 18, 2019
Four key transportation leaders in Congress will hold an upcoming discussion regarding recent developments for infrastructure legislation at a policy conference hosted by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO).   House Transportation Chairman Peter DeFazio (...
White House is expected to address 5G for transportation
News February 07, 2019
According to sources at The Hill, the White House is expected to address the deployment of the 5G network, as well as artificial intelligence, as regards technological advancement and application to the national transportation network.   The plan will offer the "first deliverables" of the National...
Larry Caudle
Article February 05, 2019
Many construction contracts contain a deadline by which work must be finished and a provision for liquidated damages in the event it is not. Contracts also provide procedures for contractors if they believe they are entitled to a time extension, usually resulting from changes in the work, owner-...
autonomous vehicle task force NJDOT
News February 04, 2019
Legislation to create a task force to evaluate autonomous vehicles was approved last week by the full New Jersey General Assembly.   The measure would create the New Jersey Advanced Autonomous Vehicle Task Force, comprised of eight members. The group would be responsible for conducting a study of...
White House executive order infrastructure
News February 01, 2019
The Trump administration will implement a new executive order to extend “Buy American” requirements to infrastructure projects that receive federal funding.   According to a Roll Call news report, President Trump signed the order Thursday, a move meant to boost the use of American-made products and...
Under a legislative bill introduced by Nebraska State Sen. Suzanne Geist (R. - Lincoln), the manufacturer of self-driving technology in use in vehicles on public roadways would be liable in a crash involving a vehicle that was capable of “the entire driving task” and operating in autonomous mode.
News January 31, 2019
The question of liability in the event of an accident or incident involving driverless vehicles or vehicles equipped with semi-autonomous technology is one that presently puzzles members of government and concerns both vehicle manufacturers and technology developers alike. There is one state,...
Julie Lorenz was appointed secretary of Kansas DOT.

Julie Lorenz

News January 11, 2019
Kansas Governor-elect Laura Kelly this week selected a new interim secretary of the state’s department of transportation. Julie Lorenz is an executive at Burns & McDonnell, an engineering firm out of Kansas City, Mo. Last year, she served as facilitator for the state’s 2018 legislative task...
Larry Caudle
Article January 02, 2019
I have written in recent years on the growing trend within federal courts to hold payment bond sureties liable to subcontractors for payment even though the owner has not paid the prime contractor and the subcontract contains an enforceable Pay-if-Paid clause.   The rationale employed by courts...
State of the Industry Survey
Article December 03, 2018
Rising steel prices are indeed on the minds of road and bridge contractors, but they are not smothering craniums giving them endless noogies like a nasty big brother. Playing that role would be the never-ending skilled labor crisis, which is now starting to ignore the screams of the builder.   Of...
Larry Caudle
Article December 03, 2018
I came across a case decided by the U.S. Court of Federal Claims that I thought would serve as a good reminder to contractors bidding public projects of the risks they assume concerning fortuitous losses to the work or stored materials prior to final acceptance by the government.   On Sept. 20,...
Kansas considering gas tax raise and electric vehicle fees
News November 30, 2018
State officials and lawmakers in Kansas are batting around the idea of a 5 cent per gallon state gas tax increase, raising the present 24 cents per gallon up to 29. Kansas has begun crafting a new long-term transportation plan to guide future highway projects. A state task force finalized...
Oregon DOT considering tolling I-5 through Portland
News November 30, 2018
Tolling is never anyone’s first choice, and it is largely unpopular with the motoring public. (For an example of such discord, keep an eye out for our upcoming December issue’s Region Report.) But it cannot be feasibly denied that it is a source of revenue for any state’s ailing—or developing—road...
Congress transportation funding
News November 29, 2018
This week, three prominent transportation stakeholders told the members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee that the country’s transportation network is desperately in need of long-term federal funding assurances.   According to a report from Transport Topics, Carlos Braceras,...
high-speed rail
News November 21, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued a final rule establishing safety standards for railroad passenger equipment.   The rule represents one of the most significant enhancements to the nation’s passenger rail design standards in a century,...
Commerce Secretary Ross cites infrastructure as key to economy's success
News November 15, 2018
This week, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross pointed to infrastructure as the primary component of a strong U.S. economy's continued success.   "Corporate earnings certainly have been very, very strong. there's no question about that. And it's also no question that market's job is to look ahead," Ross...
Missouri’s Proposition D gas tax boost fails
News November 14, 2018
Hopes for a dedicated and long-term source of transportation funding came to a seeming end in Missouri, as a public referendum to increase the state’s gas tax was voted down by a margin of 54% to 46%.   Leaders in both transportation and legislature were surprised by the vote, which saw one of the...
election results
News November 08, 2018
The American Road & Transportation Builders Association's (ARTBA) government relations, economics and Transportation Investment Advocacy Center (TIAC) teams have produced two special reports to help better understand the impacts of the Nov. 6 election results on the transportation construction...
road funding
News November 07, 2018
California voters rejected Proposition 6 at the polls on Tuesday, a measure to repeal a recent increase in the state’s gas tax, according to a report from The Mercury News.   The fate of Prop 6 was believed to determine the fate of California’s roads, bridges and transit, as the measure would have...
Larry Caudle
Article November 02, 2018
Even the most reputable and quality conscious contractors, subcontractors and suppliers engaged in the road and bridge industry are occasionally faced with the prospects of removing and replacing defective work and materials. Indeed, human error can evade even the most well-planned and executed...
USDOT announces final rule to accelerate project delivery
News November 02, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) announced a final rule to amend Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) that will accelerate project delivery. To date, the new rule is one...
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