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Transportation experts favorably frame future of concrete pavement

The American Concrete Pavement Association’s new 16-page treatise, “VISION2040: The Future of Concrete Pavement Imagined,” provides a glimpse of transportation policy, planning and project execution over the next 20 years. Authors describe anticipated agency or project owner needs; forecast how rigid pavements will serve various functions; explain how the association and allies will shape the future; and, indicate the great potential for infrastructure safety, performance and value if stakeholders invest and collaborate effectively along the way.

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NPCA hails a first for underground precast structures in new FAA spec

Underground infrastructure projects at airports will be easier for precast concrete producers to bid after release of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Approved Advisory Circular Specifications for 2019. The 717-page document specifies precast concrete for all underground drainage structures for the first time, and stems from three years of FAA and National Precast Concrete Association collaboration.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms unions’ erosion of workforce share

The 14.7 million wage and salary workers who were members of unions in 2018 represented 10.5 percent of the U.S. workforce, down 0.2 percent year-over-year, a Bureau of Labor Statistics report confirms. The figure underscores a protracted union membership rate decline since 1983, the first year for which comparable worker data are available. BLS calculated a rank-and-file of 17.7 million workers that year, or 20.1 percent of the wage and salary workforce.

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Construction-specific ELD accounts for mixer, pump driver hours exemptions

A developer of market-specific tools for fleet operators and drivers bound by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration hours of service rules cites the first electronic logging device programmed with functionality to reflect the agency’s HOS rule exemptions for mixer and concrete pump drivers. GeoSpace Labs timed the February release of its construction-specific ELD with FMCSA’s formal announcement of exemptions for concrete delivery and placement vehicles; it waives drivers’ 30-minute break requirement and relaxes the reset period from 14 to 12 hours.

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Court frowns on Pennsylvania project labor agreement mandate

Contractors Allan Myers and J.D. Eckman Inc. prevailed in Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania last month in a challenge to Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s project labor agreement mandate for a Montgomery County street reconstruction. Tried in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, the court ruled that the mandate violates competitive bidding laws and discriminates against nonunion contractors—in a state where less than a quarter of the construction workforce is unionized.

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