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MARTA Atlanta DOT

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Construction Planning News March 21, 2019
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms recently announced plans to establish the city's first dedicated Department of Transportation (DOT) to improve the safety and accessibility of city streets, and to meet the increasing demands of Atlanta’s growing population.   The move is a key pillar of Mayor...
Gov. Kay Ivey; Rebuild Alabama Act; infrastructure legislation; gas tax

Image: Gov. Kay Ivey via Twitter

Funding News March 14, 2019
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey this week signed into law the Rebuild Alabama Act, a key piece of infrastructure legislation that includes a fuel tax increase for the state.   According to a report from Transport Topics, Ivey signed the bill at a public ceremony March 12, shortly after it was approved by the...
transportation funding; road and bridge construction
Associations News March 08, 2019
Legislators in 37 states have introduced 185 bills aimed at boosting transportation investment in the first two months of 2019, a new analysis from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s Transportation Investment Advocacy Center (ARTBA-TIAC) finds.   This number is higher...
I-5 bridge over Columbia River

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Bridges News March 07, 2019
The Washington State Senate Transportation Committee recently passed a $15 billion transportation package that includes $450 million to replace the I-5 bridge over the Columbia River.   The project has been a priority for lawmakers in Clark County, who have been working to collaborate with the...
FIU pedestrian bridge collapse
Bridges News March 05, 2019
Nearly a year after the Florida International University (FIU) pedestrian bridge collapsed, Magnum Construction Management (MCM), the Miami-based contractor hired to install the bridge, has filed for bankruptcy.   MCM, formerly known as Munilla Construction Management, submitted its Chapter 11...
Larry Caudle
Law Article March 04, 2019
I rarely write on labor union issues.   However, I happened upon a bid protest case in a traditionally strong union state, Pennsylvania, and wondered whether the court’s decision, which struck down a mandatory Project Labor Union Agreement (PLA), might signal a change in judicial attitudes toward...
transportation funding Congress; fuel tax; VMT fees
Funding News March 01, 2019
At this year's American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) 2019 Washington Briefing, congressional transportation leaders discussed a variety of transportation funding options while emphasizing the strong support that exists in Congress to pass infrastructure...
Congress transportation policy
Associations 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
Technology 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
Law 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
Law 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
Funding 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.
Law 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

Law 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
Law 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
Highway Construction 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
Law 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
Funding 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
Funding 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
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,...
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