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Two pillars of contracting are reason and accountability. There are others, of course, but these two are particularly important as they are codependent. When all parties to a contract are reasonable, the contract terms should help them all to realize the benefits of the bargain. When a party to a…
July 15, 2020
Design-build contracting does not automatically shift all the risk to the contractor. Decision makers, whether they are arbitrators, judges, or juries, must still weigh the evidence to determine how much risk each party agreed to bear and, as this example shows, apportion the result. Under a design…
April 01, 2020
Due dates and deadlines can seem unavoidable. After all, they are ‘dead’lines. Yes, even the law has a sense of humor. To wit: claim filing deadlines are called statutes of limitations, meaning if you miss one you are SOL. (Don’t get it? Think it through.) Under such SOLs, lawsuits for breaches of…
March 02, 2020
Maryland Route 404 (MD 404) is a major highway on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Anyone who has driven along the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and toward the beaches of Maryland and Delaware is intimately acquainted with this roadway: It services workday commuters and commercial trucks; members of the farming…
August 05, 2019
NEPA approval gets U.S. 219 Link underway in Maryland
The 1.4-mile design-build realignment of U.S. 219 in western Maryland, planned to ease congestion and promote economic development, is now under construction.
A high-profile highway realignment in western Maryland is now under construction following a fast-tracked consulting effort that secured environmental approvals and produced design-build procurement documents within an unprecedented 12-month timeframe. The project involves the development of a new…
August 01, 2019
Kudos to American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s President and CEO Dave Bauer for his recent Washington Post op-ed, which pointed out the need to fix our nation’s structurally deficient bridges and roadways. The sad state of our roadway infrastructure, which received only a D+…
June 05, 2019
There is a transformation taking place in the transportation industry with regard to safety, mobility and the environment, similar to what happened at the turn of the last century with the invention of the automobile. The impacts of connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) as well as commensurate…
May 08, 2019
A crucial component of concrete overlays is the bond that exists between the underlying slab and the overlay. For the concrete overlay to perform as intended, the overlay and the deck slab on which it is placed should behave as a monolithic structure. Therefore, the durability of the entire…
May 03, 2019
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