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Dozens of Industry Leaders to Speak at P3 Conference Over a dozen public sector transportation officials and two dozen private sector executives will speak at the 24th Annual Public Private Partnerships (P3) in Transportation Conference Oct. 10-12. The event is headlined by Chris Bertram, U.S. DOT Deputy Secretary for Budget and Programs and Phil Wilson, executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation, as well as several state P3 program managers. The two-day event will include interactive sessions on MAP-21, innovative technology, public relations, and P3 procurement

Transportation Not Discussed in Debate, ARTBA Issues Candidate Analysis

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ARTBAOffersPraise forNewFHWABridge Proposal ARTBA strongly supported a proposal from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) October 1 which could play a significant role in reducing delay bridge repair and restoration projects. FHWA’s new rule would allow bridges built after 1945 to go through historic preservation Continued on page 4 Follow ARTBA:

Transportation issues were largely overlooked in the October 3 presidential debate, with most of the discussion centered around overall income tax rates and healthcare. However, both President Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) articulated their overall positions on federal spending While neither talked specifically about federal transportation investment, both described situations where

new spending in this area would have to be supported by general revenues. President Obama repeated his call for using budgetary savings from the winding down of wars in the Middle East to “rebuild America.” Governor Romney stated he would not support raising any new federal revenues and reiterated he will question whether federal investments are worth borrowing from China to finance.

For a more specific summary of each candidates’ perspectives on transportation investment, please read ARTBA’s quadrennial special report on the presidential candidates which also includes relevant information from each of the vice presidential nominiees and both major party platforms.. (As a “Members Only” report, your ARTBA website credentials will be required).

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Economy Adds 114,000 Jobs in September, August Highway & Bridge Construction Employment Down The number of jobs on private and public payrolls grew by 114,000 in September, as the national unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 percent, according to the Labor Department’s monthly jobs report. Employment in highway and bridge construction fell by 2.5 percent in August 2012 compared to August of last year, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Overall construction employment showed little change in September; the sector’s unemployment rate was 11.9 percent last month (highway and bridge specific figures are always delayed by one month).

Upcoming Events


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Western Regional Meeting

4th Annual Construction Law & Regulatory Forum

Central Regional Meeting

October 24-25 Washington, D.C.

November 29-30 Chicago, Ill. [Add to Calendar]

Project Delivery Academy

Southern Regional Meeting

October 10–12 Washington, D.C. [Add to Calendar]

November 12-14 Washington, D.C. [Add to Calendar]


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November 27-28 San Francisco, Calif. [Add to Calendar]

December 3-4 Atlanta, Ga. [Add to Calendar]

Northeastern Regional Meeting December 5-6 Boston, Mass. [Add to Calendar]

Project Delivery Academy to Cover Fundamentals of Design-Build and CMGC The ARTBA Transporation Builder Institute’s November 12-14 Project Delivery Academy in Washington, D.C. will cover the fundamentals of Design-Build (DB) and Construction Manager General Contractor (CMGC) delivery methods, including: procurement models/contract structure; project pricing provision models; developing responsive submittals to requests for qualifications (RFQ) and/or requests for proposals (RFP); and post-award contract administration. The Academy will be led by Douglas D. Gransberg, Ph.D., P.E., an engineer, professor and designated design-build

professional, who literally helped write the book on alternative project delivery methods, co-authoring the “AASHTO Guide for Design-Build (DB) Contracting,” and the “AASHTO Guidelines for Construction Manager General Contractor (CMGC) Project Delivery.” In addition, Gerald Yakowenko, one of Federal Highway Administration’s senior officials, will be on hand to discuss the agency’s goals to double the number of CMGC and DB projects over the next two years through the “Every Day Counts” initiative. Attendees will also hear from top executives of Granite Construction

Douglas D. Gransberg, Ph.D., P.E. Professor, Iowa State University, Department of Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering.

and HDR Engineering who will provide “real world” examples of how successful alternative delivery methods were used to fit project constraints, reduce construction costs, and deliver a final transportation improvement below original estimates. Participants will be eligible for up to 20 Professional Development Hours. Contact ARTBA’s Holly DiGangi with any questions.

ARTBA 110 th Anniversary: Share Your Memorabilia

Products & Services Connect with Industry Leaders: Advertise in ARTBA’s Digital Buyers’ Guide

The year 2012 marks ARTBA’s 110 th year of service to the U.S. transportation design and construction industry. An ARTBA member recently sent us this cover of the “Road Builder News” from December 1940. We started thinking that there must be other similar items out there that ARTBA members have. In particular, we’re looking for interesting and/or old photographs of: •

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Promote your firm’s products and services before a wide audience of material suppliers, manufacturers, design firms and contractors.

road, bridge, airport, rail, waterway and transit projects under construction; industry professionals at work equipment used in transportation construction; road and airport signs ARTBA conventions, meetings and events; ARTBA leaders; and ARTBA publications.

Please send your items via email or regular mail to ARTBA’s Jenny Ragone or The ARTBA Building, 1219 28th Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. She can also be reached at 202.289.4434. We will include them in future “Washington Newslines.” Thanks in advance for your assistance with this 110 th anniversary-related project!

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“” Overheard “FHWA Headquarters has not provided sufficient guidance and oversight to division offices for the development and update of agreements to ensure that inconsistencies reflect valid differences among the states and to ensure that legal issues are identified.” –Assistant Inspector General for Highway and Transit Audits, Joseph W. Comé in an October 1 report on FHWA oversight of Recovery Act and Federal-aid Highway Program funds.

“The OIG draft report does not accurately portray the role of stewardship and oversight agreements, or how agreements fit within FHWA’s overall oversight context.” – Federal Highway Administrator, Victor Mendez responding to the Oct. Inspector General’s report.


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as well as regional and modal market updates from project owners. This is the premier P3 education and networking event in the country and there is still time to register. ARTBA members receive a discounted rate of $950 and public officials receive a discounted rate of $150. Visit for more information.

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reviews as a group, rather than individually. ARTBA noted FHWA’s approach is similar to the process for historic preservation reviews of the Interstate Highway System under the prior surface transportation reauthorization law. FHWA estimates the proposal will save taxpayers $78 million and impact more than 196,000 bridges. ARTBA’s comments can be found on the “Regulatory Section” of www.

that 93 percent of executives believe the U.S. lacks a plan to address infrastructure needs. Respondents ranked a boost in public-private partnerships and an increase in the gas tax as the top two action items to address the gap between current investment levels and infrastructure needs.

essential to the bottom line. The companies that participate in our assessment really grasp the financial materiality of incorporating sustainability into their strategies.”

ARTBA News ARTBA Leaders Again Named to Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes Several ARTBA members, including: 3M; Abertis; AECOM; Balfour Beatty; Caterpillar; Deere & Co.; Ferrovial S.A.; IngersollRand; Komatsu; Transurban; and Vulcan Materials have been named to the 2012-2013 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. According to Guido Giese, head of indexes for analyst SAM, the index represents “a strong signal of the increasing recognition that integrating sustainability into corporate strategies is

Survey: Bridges, Highways Most Critical—U.S. Has No Plan

Multimodal News

Fostering Innovation

The nation’s bridges and highways rank as the highest infrastructure priorities, according to results of an October 2 CG/LA Infrastructure survey of more than 100 industry executives. The survey, not surprisingly, also found

A service of ARTBA’s multimodal councils, it features current transportation developments making news across all modes and regions. Contact Sara Jones to become a subscriber or visit

TRB Newsletter: Oct. 2

Highlighting new research, technologies, industry best practices and information resources available to the transportation design and construction industry.

2013 Leadership Directory and Buyers’ Guide


2013 Promote your firm’s products and services before a wide audience of material suppliers, manufacturers, design firms and contractors. 2013 Leadership Directory & Buyers’ Guide confirms that ARTBA members are the “who’s who” of transportation design and construction. This is the association’s largest publication and most frequently utilized resource throughout the year. This convenient directory helps members connect with each other easily and often. The Buyers’ Guide section allows companies to provide more information about their products and services through expanded listings that appear in the printed directory and online at It is published in December 2012. Contact ARTBA’s Peter Embrey for more information.

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RegionalMeetings NOVEMBER&DECEMBER 2012

Western Meeting

November 27-28 Hyatt at Fisherman’s Wharf San Franciso, Calif.

Central Meeting November 29-30 Hyatt Rosemont O’Hare Airport Chicago, Ill.

Southern Meeting December 3-4 Hilton Atlanta Airport Hotel Atlanta, Ga.

Northeastern Meeting December 5-6 Seaport Hotel Boston, Mass.

For more information: Ed Tarrant at 202.289.4434, or Brie Johnson at 202.289.4434,

October 24-25 Washington, D.C.

4th Annual Transportation Construction Law & Regulatory Forum Special Focus on MAP-21 The historic policy reforms, program consolidation and environmental improvements in the new highway and transit law—MAP-21—will result in a myriad of legal and regulatory challenges relating to the delivery of transportation improvements. ARTBA’s 4th Annual Transportation Construction Law & Regulatory Forum, scheduled for October 24-25 at the association’s headquarters, will include speakers who will help make sure industry professionals are prepared to meet these challenges. FHWA Chief Counsel Fred R. Wagner is confirmed as the keynote speaker. Other session topics: • Environmental compliance • Labor law • DBE compliance • Insurance coverage & alternative project delivery • Risk management & public-private partnerships

These top construction law attorneys will be making presentations: • William Penny, member, Stites Harbison • James M. Auslander, associate, Beveridge & Diamond • Lorraine D’Angelo, senior vice president-ethics and compliance, Dragados USA • Matt DeVries, attorney, Stites & Harbison • Neal Sweeney, partner, Kilpatrick Townsend • Chris Anzidei, Law Offices of Christopher Anzidei, PLLC

Past attendees: $495 • ARTBA Members: $595 • Non-Members: $795 Up to 7.25 Professional Development Hours are available. To register or for more information, contact ARTBA’s Sara Jones at 202.289.4434, ext. 211 ARTBA is not liable for any information provided by instructors or attorneys during the forum. This forum is intended for general informational purposes only, and not as a substitute for particular advice from a qualified professional. No warranty is made regarding the forum.


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