2012 National Work Zone Awareness Week: April 23 - 27
MARCH 12, 2012
Senate Vote Scheduled this week on Highway BIll Nearly 30 months after the expiration of SAFETEA-LU, the Senate this week will vote on several amendments and final passage of S. 1813, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP21). The bill is a two-year reauthorization of the federal surface transportation program that would provide inflationadjusted FY 2011 levels of
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House Home This Week, Your Input Needed on Transportation Reauthorization Bill
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urging members to support the House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee’s five-year, $260 billion measure. Your elected officials need to hear from you this week to reinforce the message that the House’s five-year proposal will provide certainty for transportation infrastructure investments, critical program reforms, and long-anticipated project streamlining improvements. Speaker Boehner last week suggested that if House Republicans cannot unify on a transportation measure that they could take up the Senate’s two-year plan, or something similar. However, this scenario is more likely an attempt to
motivate Republican members to get behind on their own measure rather than concede transportation policy making to the Senate. Please contact your U.S. Representative’s local office to schedule a meeting or to pass along the message that transportation investment is critical to the nation’s economy and urge them to support the T&I Committee’s five-year reauthorization bill when they return to Washington, D.C.
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Join the next generation of industry leaders at ARTBA’s 3-day “boot camp” on the federal legislative and regulatory process. The May 29 - June 1 Young Executive Development Program (YEDP) will also includes sessions on highway/ transit financing, economics, environmental issues, public-private partnerships and industry innovation. Application deadline March 15: www.artbatdf.org. Contact ARTBA’s Kenyon Gleason or Caitrin Reed at 202.289.4434 with questions.
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and John Hillman will also return. Zoli, a heralded bridge engineer and a vice president at HNTB, is a 2009 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship recipient. “Esquire” magazine named him one of “The Brightest: 16 Geniuses Who Give Us Hope.” Hillman, president & CEO of HC Bridge Company, won the 2010 “Engineering News-Record” magazine “Award of Excellence” for his development of the Hybrid Composite Beam. Through individual and group exercises, attendees will explore various project scenarios and learn how game-changing concepts helped overcome challenges
and control costs; how leading industry firms are creating and sustaining growth through innovation; strategies for fostering innovative practices into everyday project management; and how new technologies and techniques are changing the way we think about, design, build and manage transportation infrastructure. The workshop will also include an “Innovation Showcase,” an exhibit area of cutting-edge products, technologies and services for industry professionals. Contact ARTBA’s Peter Embrey or Ed Tarrant at 202.289.4434 to learn more about exhibit and sponsorship opportunities. Space is limited! Register today: www. transovation.org.
On TransOvation: “It was a great event, a great experience... I’ll take a lot of good ideas away from this workshop.” Taylor Bowlden, manager, Federal Government Affairs, 3M Traffic Safety Systems Division
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2012 ARTBA Federal Issues Program & Transportation Construction Coalition Fly-In May 29 - 31 Marriott Metro Center Washington, D.C. Registration and agenda: www.artbafederalissues.org ARTBA Washington Newsline
Overheard “The thinking is that members are going to go home to their districts, and they’re going to talk to people, you know, local community leaders who need that bridge, local community leaders that want a roadway completed, contractors who build this stuff.” House Highways and Transit Subcommittee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) March 7
“Gasoline is significantly undertaxed in the United States. The federal 18.4 centper-gallon gas tax is the main source for the Federal Highway Trust Fund, but it hasn’t been raised in two decades, starving U.S. infrastructure.” March 4 “Washington Post” op-ed,“Pay As You Pump.”
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investment and include policy reforms that would accelerate the delivery of transportation improvements and provide states new flexibility to meet national goals. Several senators have proposed amendments that would reduce the bill’s investment levels and the role of the federal government in developing and maintaining a national transportation system. Specifically: • Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is proposing to drop the federal gas tax from 18.4 cents per gallon to 3.7 cents per gallon by 2017, thereby forcing a roughly 75 percent cut in federal surface transportation investments;
ARTBA is once again proud to co-sponsor a “Rally for Roads” to draw attention to the economic importance of the transportation design and construction industry and to urge lawmakers to pass a robust multi-year reauthorization of the federal surface transportation programs. This year’s event is themed “Make Transportation Job #1” and will take place on the morning of March 20 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. For more information and to sign up, please visit www.rallyforroads. com.
• Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) will attempt to reduce the bill’s highway and transit investment levels to the amount supportable each year by Highway Trust Fund revenues; • Senators Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) want to allow states to opt out of the federal highway program; and • Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) will seek to effectively prohibit states from tolling existing federal-aid highways. Also, Senators Tom Carper (D-Delaware) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) will offer an ARTBAsupported amendment to expand tolling eligibility for states seeking alternative transportation infrastructure financing methods. Regardless
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of the disposition of the remaining amendments the Senate is expected to easily approve S. 1813. The only question is by how large a margin.
Economic News Highway and Bridge Employment Makes Gains Employment in highway and bridge construction rose by 4.1 percent in January 2012 compared to the same month one year ago, according to the latest data from the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics. Construction unemployment was 17.1 percent in February, changing little after two consecutive months of gains. Overall, U.S. employers added 227,000 jobs in February, while the unemployment rate for all sectors remained unchanged at 8.3 percent, according to the Labor Department’s monthly jobs report. As such, the construction industry unemployment rate remains more than double the national average.
Stimulus Milestone Reached Over 10,000 highway improvement projects assisted by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 are now complete. More than 3,000 are still underway or not yet started. In the three years since the measure was enacted, the ARRA continues to emphasize the long-term economic benefits of making investments in the nation’s transportation networks. View ARTBA’s monthly report on the Recovery Act highway investments by Dr. Bill Buechner.
Brought to you by ARTBA’s multimodal councils, this new member service features current transportation developments making news across all modes and regions. Contact: Caitrin Reed.
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Highlighting new research, technologies, industry best practices and information resources available to the transportation design and construction industry.
ARTBA Members 3M & Caterpillar Among Most Admired Companies
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“FORTUNE” magazine has released its annual survey of the 50 “most admired companies,” and two long-time ARTBA leaders made the list: 3M (#18) and Caterpillar (#19). The survey asked businesspeople to vote for the companies that they admired most, from any industry. Of 3M, “FORTUNE” wrote: “The purveyor of ubiquitous office supplies like Scotch Tape and Post-Its reported that annual revenues were up 11% to $29.6 billion thanks to growth in four of the company’s six business segments, from Industrial and Transportation -- tapes, abrasives, filtration products, among others…” And about Caterpillar, “FORTUNE” said: “Good news for Caterpillar means good news for the economy, since increased sales mean increased manufacturing, and generally, more jobs. And Caterpillar brought in record sales in 2011, the largest year-overyear percentage increase since 1947. CEO Doug Oberhelman sharpened the company’s operations in response to financial pressure during the recession, and got the manufacturer back on its feet.” Apple was ranked #1, with Google, Amazon.com, CocaCola and IBM rounding out the top five.
The Groundbreaking Women in Construction Conference, to be held May 8-9 in New York City, will bring women from across the country to help shape a new collaborative agenda for women in construction and building industries. ARTBA is a supporting sponsor and will have representatives from the Women Leaders in Transportation Design and Construction Council at the conference. ARTBA members receive a $200 registration discount. To register, or for more information: www. groundbreakingwomen.com. Contact ARTBA’s Allison Klein at 202.289.4434 with questions.
National Transportation Workforce Summit L’Enfant Plaza Hotel Washington, D.C. April 24-26 Learn about workforce challenges and help shape policy and national strategies for developing the transportation workforce of the future. The discounted room rate is valid through April 2. Make room reservations online with discount code: ART412. Contact ARTBA’s Holly Bolton with any questions.
UPCOMING ARTBA FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP & AWARD DEADLINES Submit your nominations soon for: • Globe: Honoring U.S. transportation construction industry excellence in environmental protection and mitigation. Deadline: March 23. • The Lanford Family Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship Program: Providing post-high school financial assistance to help the sons, daughters or legally adopted children of highway workers killed or permanently disabled on the job. Deadline: March 23. • Hall of Fame: Honoring individuals or families from the public and private sectors who have made extraordinary contributions to U.S. transportation development over their lifetime and demonstrated exceptional leadership. Deadline: April 27. Contact ARTBA’s Holly Bolton with any questions. ARTBA Washington Newsline
Upcoming ARTBA Webinars Quarterly Transportation Construction Market Report & Legislative Update Live Webinar Wednesday, March 28 1-2 p.m., Eastern Time • • • • •
Has the market outlook for 2012 changed in the first quarter? What is the latest on the reauthorization of the federal surface transportation bill and what does it mean for the market during the remainder of 2012? What states are off to a strong start and which aren’t? What are contractors expecting for the next year? Are state and local governments beginning to show signs of sustainable economic recovery?
American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Chief Economist & Vice President of Policy Alison Premo Black and ARTBA Senior Vice President of Government Relations Dave Bauer will answer these questions and more during a webinar on March 28 from 1-2:00 p.m., Eastern. The comprehensive session will provide insights on the latest economic data nationally and regionally, and explain the potential market impacts of further delays in congressional passage of a multi-year highway and transit investment bill. Register: $150 ARTBA members. $195 non-members.
Moving to a New Road User Fee System Live Webinar Wednesday, March 21 11 a.m. -12 p.m., Eastern Time Many transportation professionals envision vehicle miles traveled (VMT) fees or mileage-based user fees as the funding mechanism of the future. Yet the concept still faces public and political challenges. In this third installment of the ARTBA Women Leaders in Transportation Design and Construction Council webinar series, 25-year industry veteran Ginger Goodin of the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) will provide: • • • •
Rationale for a road user fee system based on mileage; Research and testing activities underway across the country; Implementation challenges; and A model for testing a mileage fee system at the state level.
Register: FREE for ARTBA members. $50 non-members. Participants of each webinar will have time to ask questions, and will receive a copy of the PowerPoint presentation. More information: Contact Holly Bolton at email@example.com, or 202-289-4434, ext. 304. Download a PDF copy of the digital “Washington Newsline.” 6
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National Work Zone Awareness Week 2012 The 2012 National Work Zone Awareness Week is scheduled for April 23-27. The Missouri Department of Transportation has been chosen to host the national work zone kick-off event which will be held on Monday, April 23, 2012, in Route 141 construction zone, St. Louis County, Missouri. Resources available from the Work Zone Clearinghouse. This list and ordering available on www.workzonesafety.org.
The official National Work Zone Awareness Week poster (above)
Roadway Safety + CD (A Road Construction Industry Consortium Training Program) This includes an instructor manual, trainee booklets in English and Spanish and pamphlets in English and Spanish
Know the Signs Poster- this poster was created to illustrate the various work zone safety signs that drivers will encounter, it is designed to look like a WZ sign
Know the Blind Spots Posters- this poster was created to illustrate the various hazards created by construction vehicles, also designed to look like a WZ sign
Know Flagging-This poster was created to show best practices in flagging, it is designed to look like a stop slow panel
Basic Spanish for Safety & Emergencies-This brochure features translations for basic safety expressions
Brochure for the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse
NEW The following documents were developed by the FHWA Work Zone Safety Grant Program partners and are also available via the Clearinghouse. Guidelines on Ensuring Positive Guidance in Work Zones Guidelines on Improving Work Zone Safety through Public Information and Traveler Information Guidelines on Managing Speeds in Work Zones Guidelines on Motorcycle and Bicycle Work Zone Safety Guidelines on Payment for Temporary Traffic Control Guidelines on the Use of Positive Protection in Temporary Traffic Control Zones Guidelines on Use of Exposure Control Measures Guidelines on Use of Law Enforcement in Work Zones Guidelines on Work Zone Access and Egress
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