Work Zone Awareness Week organizers stress struck-by incident prevention

Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is helping kick off Work Zone Awareness Week (April 15-19) with National Stand-Down to Prevent Struck-by Incidents, including a YouTube livestream from a Mobile, Ala. construction site. The event is coordinated by the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA)  Construction Sector Council with Alabama Road Builders,…

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Transportation construction report shows industry scale, net economic activity

Sources: American Road and Transportation Builders Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

In “The 2015 U.S. Transportation Construction Industry Profile,” ARTBA Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black estimates the value of 2015 public and private transportation construction and maintenance work at upwards of $275 billion, an investment generating nearly $510 billion in annual U.S. economic activity and accounting for 1.6 percent of Gross Domestic Product.

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A campaign to spotlight the potential for Highway Trust Fund insolvency indicates a decreasing federal share—presently $.52 for every $1—of state department of transportation investments in highway and bridge capital improvements. Here, ARTBA tracks the actual federal/state share coast to coast.

The American Road and Transportation Builders Association reacted favorably to the Obama administration’s FY 2015 budget, released early last month, which recommends investing $90.9 billion in transportation improvements, a proposed $18.6 billion over the FY 2014 amount, or a 25.7 percent increase. In a follow up to the president’s late-February outline MAP-21 reauthorization priorities, the administration again called for a four-year, $302 billion surface transportation program from FY 2015 through FY 2018.

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