Final FMCSA driver hours rule remains friendly to construction materials hauling

Sources: U.S. Department of Transportation; National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff

A final U.S. DOT rule updating Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration hours of service (HOS) terms increases flexibility for the 30-minute break provision by requiring a work pause after eight hours of consecutive driving and allowing it to be satisfied by a driver using on-duty, not driving status, rather than off-duty status. Effective in August, the rule also changes the short-haul exception available to certain commercial drivers by lengthening their maximum on duty period from 12 to 14 hours and extending the distance limit within which they can operate from 100 to 150 air miles.

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Lawmakers recognize aggregates’ pivotal role in DOT supply chains

Sources: National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association, Alexandria, Va.; Office of U.S. Representative Greg Stanton; CP staff

U.S. Representatives Greg Stanton (D-AZ-09) and Troy Balderson (R-OH-12) have introduced the Rebuilding Our Communities by Keeping aggregates Sustainable (ROCKS) Act bill, citing its potential “to foster local access to stone, sand and gravel essential to construction and public works projects.” The legislation calls for the Secretary of Transportation to establish a working group of federal, state, tribal and local stakeholders to study the use of aggregates and recommend policies ensuring continued access to such materials. 

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White House reform outline moves Corps duties to DOT, Interior

Sources: White House Office of Management and Budget; CP staff

As part of sweeping Executive Branch reform, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) proposes to move Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works functions—coastal and inland commercial navigation programs; flood and storm damage reduction; and, aquatic ecosystem restoration—from the Department of Defense to the Departments of Transportation and Interior (DOT, DOI).

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Pennstress helps DOT take six-bridge schedule from months to weeks


Capturing the essence of the Federal Highway Administration’s Every Day Counts initiative, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation District 5-0 hit a grand slam by initiating, awarding and successfully completing a milestone, multiple-bridge contract designed and constructed with precast concrete components. The 2017-18 project took place along Interstate 78 in Berks County; innovative construction practices, coupled with precast girders and abutment elements, reduced the schedule for each structure from several months to several weeks.

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Road Builders project minor boost in 2017 highway, bridge activity

Total transportation construction and related market activity is expected to grow 1.3 percent in 2017, driven largely by increases in highway and bridge work supporting residential and commercial developments. American Road & Transportation Builders Association Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black projects spending to reach $248 billion, up from an estimated $245 billion in 2016.

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Trump to name Vulcan director, former Labor chief to head DOT

Sources: National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA), Alexandria, Va.; CP staff

President-elect Donald Trump will nominate Elaine Chao to be U.S. Secretary of Transportation. A Vulcan Materials Co. director and the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), she was Secretary of Labor from 2001–2009, throughout both terms of President George W. Bush, and has also served as DOT deputy secretary and Federal Maritime Commission chairman.

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DOT, ex-Terex chiefs talk candidly on infrastructure funding, policy

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Agency, academic and private sector officials assessed long-range infrastructure planning against demographic changes, technology developments and funding mechanisms during a Northwestern University Transportation Center-hosted symposium, staged to release the Association of Equipment Manufacturers-commissioned “Mobility 2050” study.

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