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Law Article October 06, 2011
Many disputes between prime contractors and subcontractors result from their failure to accurately memorialize the terms and conditions of the offer and acceptance within the governing subcontract documents. This was the case in John T. Jones Constr. Co. v. Hoot Gen. Constr., 613 F.2d 778 (8th Cir...
Roads Report Article October 06, 2011
Cruise control When you see a group of young people in the San Francisco Bay Area parked in their hybrid cars having an argument, you’d be forgiven for assuming that it’s just some hipsters who can’t agree on which National Public Radio program is best. However, that’s what automotive history...
Editorial/Commentary Article October 06, 2011
I have not purchased a special magnet for the day. There is not even a spot picked out on the wall for it. Have you seen the latest commercial by Prudential, the one that shows all the photos of the first sunrise of people’s retirement? I can’t help but think that will never be me, that there will...
Funding News October 06, 2011
In an effort to repair broken roads and bridges, the state of Virginia said on Oct. 5 that when it comes to new construction the Commonwealth will be facing a broke scenario in five years. “By 2017, we will have no money left in construction,” Virginia Transportation Secretary Sean Connaughton told...
Concrete News October 05, 2011
Michigan’s road and bridge network may have to be moved to ICU. A report released by state lawmakers has revealed a deteriorating condition and not a whole lot of funding hope in the near future. According to recent data, 35% of the state’s roads are in poor condition, while 47% were in fair shape...
Concrete News October 04, 2011
Traffic fatalities are declining and bridge conditions are improving, according to the Annual Minnesota Transportation Performance Report released Oct. 4 by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT). The report provides measures of various aspects of Minnesota’s transportation system,...
Transportation Management News September 30, 2011
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced on Sept. 30 that he has signed an agreement with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for the state to reimburse the federal government $95 million for money that was supposed to be spent building the ARC Tunnel construction project. New Jersey...
Funding News September 29, 2011
Hurricane Irene is still creating a panic on the East Coast. The New Jersey Turnpike Authority announced on Sept. 29 that it is anticipating a $55 million decline in revenue in 2011. The recent string of bad weather has only dampened officials’ spirits even more. It is estimated that Hurricane...
Concrete News September 28, 2011
The nation’s cities are cutting personnel and infrastructure projects as the economic downturn continues to take its toll on city finances, according to the National League of Cities' (NLC) 26th annual City Fiscal Conditions report. The report reveals that general city revenues are continuing to...
Associations News September 27, 2011
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the I Make America campaign are marking the campaign’s first anniversary by holding a virtual march on Washington this week. The association has called on its supporters to send letters, sign a petition and call their elected officials in...
Concrete News September 26, 2011
Construction employment increased in 146 out of 337 metropolitan areas between August 2010 and August 2011, declined in 145 and stayed level in 46, according to a new analysis of federal employment data by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). Association officials noted that the...
Funding News September 23, 2011
The Maryland Transportation Authority cannot wait any longer. A lack of road funding, mainly caused by the delay in passing a new long-term federal highway bill, is forcing the agency to raise tolls across its network. Some motorists might pay double to what they are paying now. “I know it’s a...
News September 22, 2011
On Sept. 21, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved FY 2012 funding for the highway and transit programs at the same level as FY 2011, which is just over $41 billion. In addition, the bill provides an additional $1.9 billion in emergency relief funding and $550 million for the TIGER...
Funding News September 21, 2011
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley wants the state’s DOT to control itself. A few weeks ago, the agency announced it was behind in paying its bills. In fact, some road contractors still had not received compensation for their work despite a $52 million emergency cash infusion from the federal...
Funding News September 20, 2011
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell yesterday announced that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has granted the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) preliminary approval for his administration's plan to toll I-95 under the Interstate Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Pilot Program. In a Sept...
Concrete News September 19, 2011
Construction employment at the state level was mixed for the year and month as 25 states and the District of Columbia lost jobs between July and August while 26 states and D.C. added jobs between August 2010 and August 2011, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America...
Funding News September 16, 2011
The Senate yesterday approved H.R. 2887, the Surface and Air Transportation Programs Extension Act of 2011, which extends SAFETEA-LU authorization for six months until March 31, 2012 and FAA authorization for four and a half months until January 31, 2012, according to the Associated General...
Maintenance News September 15, 2011
In terms of natural disasters, it has been the mother of all spring/summer seasons for the state of Missouri. First came the deadly Joplin tornado in late May, and recently flooding has destroyed the landscape, including critical roads and bridges. In fact, the Missouri Department of Transportation...
Maintenance News September 14, 2011
The I-64 Sherman Minton Bridge was closed to traffic on Sept. 9 after inspectors discovered a crack in the bridge’s superstructure. The bridge consists of two 800-ft tied arch truss main spans that carry six lanes across the Ohio River between Louisville, Ky., and New Albany, Ind. It was...
Funding News September 13, 2011
By voice vote, the House approved HR 2887, the Surface and Air Transportation Programs Extension Act of 2011. The legislation extends authorization of the federal highway and transit programs for six months and the aviation programs for 4 1/2 months. Included in the legislation is the authority to...
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