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Gov. JB Pritzker Illinois

Gov. Pritzker speaks at the Illinois Capitol in May 2019. Image: Gov. JB Pritzker via Twitter.

Highway Construction News May 22, 2019
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker recently introduced a sweeping plan to address a variety of infrastructure needs throughout the state, including raising the motor fuel tax and investing over $28 billion in combined local, state, and federal funding for transportation projects.   Dubbed Rebuild Illinois,...
Congress House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee budget
Highway Construction News May 10, 2019
This week, leaders from the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure in the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy requesting two committee-related priorities be included in any upcoming budget agreement.   The letter was...
Nathan Smith Final Say
Editorial/Commentary Article May 08, 2019
As we enter spring in 2019, an infrastructure package continues to be a topic of hearings, press conferences and discussion on Capitol Hill. The challenge is that every day that passes is a day closer to Election Day 2020, when we will have congressional and presidential elections—and possibly,...
Larry Caudle
Law Article May 03, 2019
Nothing’s more frustrating to a contractor’s legal team than being tasked with drafting and/or presenting a claim and having no reliable project documentation to provide the necessary facts.   In some instances, the team becomes involved in a claim issue early enough to discover bad reporting and...
FIU bridge collapse March 2018
Bridges News May 03, 2019
The construction company that built the Florida International University (FIU) pedestrian bridge, which collapsed in March 2018 and killed six people while injuring another eight, has reached a deal with insurers to pay up to $42 million to the victims and their families, according to a Miami...
White House, Congressional infrastructure plan
Funding News May 01, 2019
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) this week met with President Trump regarding infrastructure legislation, which ended with all parties reaching an agreement on a $2 trillion package.   "We agreed that infrastructure is crucial to the future of...
road user fees; transportation funding
Highway Construction News April 24, 2019
The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a tech-based policy group, believes the federal government should be taking advantage of GPS technology to establish a national road-user charge (RUC) system that would replace fuel taxes as a revenue stream for infrastructure.  ...
autonomous driving
Law News April 17, 2019
Driverless vehicles are inching closer to the possibility of cruising down Iowa highways, as the state House of Representatives recently joined the Iowa Senate in approving legislation to allow vehicles with driverless capabilities to operate without a human driver on state roads.   According to a...
automated vehicles; light-duty autonomous delivery trucks
Law News April 15, 2019
The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) recently released a set of proposed regulations to establish a path for companies to test or deploy light-duty autonomous delivery motor trucks on public roadways within the state.   The unveiling of these regulations marks the start of a public...
Larry Caudle
Law Article April 01, 2019
In the rush to begin work as soon as a public owner issues a Notice to Proceed, prime contractors too often allow subcontractors to begin work before formal subcontracts are executed.   In most instances, the parties subsequently sign a subcontract without issue. In other instances, the parties...
Nicole Nason
Highway Construction News April 01, 2019
By a vote of 95 to one, the U.S. Senate confirmed Nicole Nason to lead the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on March 28.   Nominated by President Trump on Jan. 3 as the next FHWA administrator, Nason emphasized in her confirmation testimony that she plans to pay particular attention to...
road, bridge infrastructure funding proposal
Highway Construction News March 28, 2019
Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, who is making a run as a Democratic presidential candidate for the 2020 race, today released a trillion-dollar proposal to help rebuild the nation's roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects.   According to the details of the plan from her campaign, Klobuchar...
MARTA Atlanta DOT

Image: Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority

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

Image: Cacophony [CC BY-SA 2.5] via Wikimedia Commons

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 (...
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