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California gas tax opponents get go signal to petition repeal
News November 22, 2017
Nobody loves a tax increase—even if it’s the most direct means to making improvements. Such is the case for a small contingent in the state of California, which, along with other West Coast states such as Oregon and Washington, recently passed a gasoline tax increase aimed at boost revenue for road...
Arkansas road project letting halts due to miswording
News November 10, 2017
The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT) has put a halt on contract letting for its 30 Crossing project due to a complication in the verbiage describing the purpose and aim of the project, one that AKDOT says will preclude federal funding of projects in the region.   According to the...
Larry Caudle
Article November 01, 2017
Nearly all construction contracts contain deadlines for completion of the work, and contractors face either liquidated damages at an agreed-upon rate or delay damages in an amount the owner actually incurs if completion is untimely. Most contracts also contain provisions for the extension of time...
Trump administration may back the first hike in the federal gasoline tax in decades in order to pay for the president’s proposed $1 trillion infrastructure package.
News October 26, 2017
According to political monitoring site The Hill, the Trump administration may back the first hike in the federal gasoline tax in decades in order to pay for the president’s proposed $1 trillion infrastructure package.   It is reported that Trump’s economic adviser Gary Cohn told moderate House...
autonomous vehicles
News October 10, 2017
The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee quickly approved a bill last week to clear the way for testing and deployment of automated, light-duty vehicles, after first amending it to deal with states' concerns about letting federal agencies block traditional state powers to regulate...
Larry Caudle
Article October 05, 2017
Insurance procured by contractors and owners is never intended to cover the risk of defects in design or workmanship, but depending upon the wording of the particular policy purchased, damage to the work that follows as a result of defective design or workmanship might be covered.   In RLI Ins. Co...
highways
News September 26, 2017
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) responded yesterday to a lawsuit brought by environmental groups by reinstating a federal requirement that state and local planners track and curb carbon pollution from cars and trucks on the national highways.   On July 31, the Natural Resources Defense...
South Carolina roads to improve with gas tax funds
News September 19, 2017
South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) officials met with local leaders in the Charleston area to discuss, in specific, how much money is expected to be generated for the region by the state’s new gas tax, and where that money is going to be spent   Following a “fix-it-first” approach...
automated and connected vehicles
News September 08, 2017
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan driverless car bill on Wednesday, advancing what could become the first set of federal laws for the emerging industry.   The “Self Drive Act” was unanimously approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee in July, before Congress left for...
Larry Caudle
Article September 07, 2017
Payment bonds on public projects are intended to provide a means of redress to unpaid subcontractors who cannot otherwise file mechanic’s liens against public property.   The procedures and case law that have developed around payment bonds have actually elevated the payment bond to the preferred...
News September 05, 2017
Steve McGough, president and CFO of HCSS, offers a first-hand account of the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Also, the Trump administration continues to work on an infrastructure bill, a trail could put the I-66 widening project in Va. in jeopardy, and more. To hear our latest podcast, click here.
I-205 traffic congestion
News August 18, 2017
State officials took steps this week to help give some Portland-area commuters in Oregon a quicker, safer trip by fast-tracking a project to cut congestion on I-205.   The $30 million project will repave and widen portions of I-205 between Johnson Creek Boulevard near Happy Valley and the Glenn...
News August 18, 2017
President Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan has been slow out of the gate, and now the search for the gatekeepers has been called off.   A month after he signed an executive order to set up an infrastructure council to go over the details of his grand plan, President Trump deleted any further...
White House
News August 16, 2017
President Trump on Tuesday rolled back rules regarding environmental reviews and restrictions on government-funded building projects in flood-prone areas as part of his proposal to spend $1 trillion to fix aging U.S. infrastructure.   Trump's latest executive order would speed approvals of permits...
Larry Caudle
Article August 08, 2017
The annals of construction law are filled to the brim with cases involving the enforceability of No Damage for Delay clauses, and multi-state contractors must keep abreast of the particular approaches adopted to construe these provisions by states in which they operate.   Some states declare No...
News August 07, 2017
Have you ever seen President Trump play volleyball? He needs a major score with the American people right now, and focusing on an infrastructure bill is the ticket. Also, the Alaskan Way Viaduct is set to be demolished in 2019 and there is a bicycle vigilante on the loose. To hear the latest...
U.S. Capitol building
News July 26, 2017
A Senate panel has rejected White House efforts to eliminate Obama-era transportation grants.   By voice vote, the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on transportation, housing and urban development approved a fiscal 2018 spending bill that includes $550 million for the Transportation Investment...
News July 13, 2017
U.S. House Republicans expect to introduce bills later this week that would bar states from setting their own rules for self-driving cars and take other steps to remove obstacles to putting such vehicles on the road.   Last month, a U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce subcommittee...
News July 12, 2017
A House panel approved legislation on Tuesday evening that would cut funding for the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) by over half a billion dollars.   The House Appropriations subcommittee on transportation, housing and urban development advanced a spending bill to provide $17.8...
Road Construction Illinois
News July 10, 2017
Illinois road construction projects that were shut down by the budget impasse will get started again sometime next week, now that the legislature has passed a major income tax increase and spending plan.   Illinois had gone 736 days without a budget, and the state told road contractors it would not...
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