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Funding News August 29, 2016
Visit our homepage and take this week's poll question, which concerns the pending Senate rescission proposal, now that Congress is heading back to session.
Larry Caudle
Law Article August 11, 2016
As one who must “cubbyhole” everything in life, I view all heavy-highway risks as falling in one of two categories: business/corporate and project. Business/corporate risks are big picture issues executives must deal with; they include cash flow, return on investment, optimizing heavy equipment use...
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Construction Planning News August 04, 2016
The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT), in response to state lawmakers’ scuttling of a controversial gas tax proposal, has ceased work and planning on dozens of highway development and improvement projects.   According to State Highways Division Deputy Director Ed Sniffen, the state lacks...
Larry Caudle
Law Article July 07, 2016
I have written in the past on a contractor’s duty to inquire pre-bid about ambiguities in plans and specifications.   Generally, the duty to make such inquiries arises when the ambiguities are patent or, in other words, obvious. Whether an ambiguity is patent or latent is not always an easy...
North Carolina DOT might be shackled by new bill from developing future projects
Bridge Construction News June 29, 2016
The North Carolina House Transportation Committee approved a bill yesterday that would keep the state’s Department of Transportation (NCDOT) from creating new corridor maps and eliminating current maps, an action that would essentially end any new major highway construction plans on the books, if...
Larry Caudle
Law Article June 07, 2016
Oftentimes, construction contract disputes arise because both parties to a contract disagree over the interpretation of a provision that is supposed to govern a specific event or circumstance.   If they cannot resolve their dispute and must resort to litigation, the judge must decide what the...
South Carolina Senate passes roads bill with new DOT reform
Funding News June 01, 2016
The South Carolina State Senate passed a road-funding bill last night that included changes designed to share power over the state's highway agency between the governor and lawmakers.   The S.C. House amended the Senate's road-funding bill last week to add governance reforms but the Senate had not...
Larry Caudle
Law Article May 09, 2016
Most construction contracts contain merger clauses, which provide that the contract language is the final expression of the parties and no pre-contract discussions or oral representations are part of the contract unless expressly stated therein.   As a recent decision in New York illustrates, if a...
Nebraska set to authorize design-build for transportation
Road Construction News April 15, 2016
Nebraska this week saw passage of the Transportation Innovation Act (L960), a bill that increases funding for Nebraska transportation projects and authorizes design-build project delivery, Construction Manager/General Contractor delivery, and the use of public-private partnerships (P3s) for...
DOT in Crisis News April 14, 2016
New Jersey transportation officials this week faced the Assembly Budget Committee, whose members grilled them on the looming standoff surrounding the Transportation Trust Fund, set to run dry in early August, according to acting transportation commissioner Richard Hammer.   Despite legislators’...
Illinois Senate President John Cullerton
Funding News April 13, 2016
A proposal in Illinois for the state to put a device on cars to see how many miles citizens are driving would make use of that data to charge a tax on drivers based on miles driven.    Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, who this week made an appearance at the Innovation in Construction,...
DOTs need to take the right steps to avoid attack
DOT in Crisis Article April 08, 2016
The transportation systems for highways and arterials in the U.S. have advanced from a collection of independently operating devices to highly interconnected, far-reaching and integrated systems.   These integrated systems require a reliable communication network that spans a broad geographical...
DOTs cannot afford to take hand off cybersecurity switch
DOT in Crisis Article April 08, 2016
If you are caught in the middle of this sandstorm, don’t even think about blinking your eyes. One second is all a hacker needs to penetrate a firewall and drop a load of Armageddon on a department of transportation (DOT).   “At any given moment there are about 20,000 attacks [happening] on the...
Bridge Construction News April 08, 2016
The result of a recent audit of the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) discovered that the agency had more than 150 separate priority lists for road and bridge repair projects; the reason for this, according to SCDOT head Christy Hall, is that a single statewide list of all road...
Funding News April 05, 2016
According to Mississippi House Transportation Committee Chairman Charles Busby (R-Pascagoula) who was working during the past week on a broad-based plan to increase revenue for an infrastructure plan, members want to look for additional “efficiencies” in the Department of Transportation during the...
Funding News April 01, 2016
North Carolina's controversial LGBT law is facing opposition from many in Washington and it could mean major local road projects miss out on important federal funding down the road. Legal precedence exists that could allow the federal government to cut North Carolina off.   It puts $4.5 billion in...
DOT in Crisis News March 07, 2016
The California Metropolitan Transportation Commission decided last month to trim the state’s transportation improvement plan by $754 million, in advance of the expectation that lower gas taxes and lower oil prices would have a severe effect on state tax-derived revenue. The loss was estimated to be...
Funding News February 05, 2016
President Obama is proposing a $10 per barrel oil tax, to be phased in over five years, that is intended to pay for transportation initiatives, including new rail corridors, highway projects, pilot projects for self-driving cars and other technologies the administration would consider to be part of...
DOT in Crisis News February 02, 2016
According to the Tribune Review, Secretary Leslie Richards is prepared to inform the Pennsylvania Senate Transportation Committee when she testifies today that the state will be approximately $6 billion short of being able to fund all the projects that legislators promised their constituents during...
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