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HCSS President and CFO Steve McGough ARTBA Chairman delivered the following message to ARTBA and the transportation construction industries


The Washington, D.C.-based American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) is a non-partisan federation whose primary goal is to aggressively grow and protect transportation infrastructure investment to meet the public and business demand for safe and efficient travel.

ARTBA was established in 1902 by Michigan public official Horatio Earle with this express purpose: to advocate for construction of a federally-led “Capital Connecting Government Highway” that he said would connect “every state capital with every other state capital, and every capital with the United States Capital-Washington.” Mission accomplished in 1956.

The association’s members designed, built and continue to manage the Interstates and the nation’s intermodal surface transportation network. Market development and protection on behalf of the U.S. transportation design and construction industry will always remain the core mission.

This mission, however, is augmented by a diverse set of programs befitting a full-service trade association striving to give its members a global competitive edge. Today’s ARTBA value proposition includes:

  • Developing and advocating consensus legislative and regulatory policy positions.
  • Producing cutting-edge economic reports and analyses aimed at empowering industry executives to make smart business decisions.
  • Representing the industry’s market interests when threatened in court by anti-transportation opponents.
  • Offering innovative training, certification and other services that are designed to improve safety on both sides of the work zone barricades.
  • Providing executive level networking and business development opportunities through events, regional leadership teams, webinars, and regular division, committee and council meetings.
  • Delivering exclusive news and information via multiple communications platforms on transportation investment, policy, safety, environmental and other issues.
  • Providing leadership and professional growth forums for the next generation via the Industry Leader Development Council.

Visit ARTBA www.artba.org

Real Growth for 2020 Transportation Construction Market, ARTBA Chief Economist Says

he U.S. transportation infrastructure market is expected to grow at least 5 percent next year, according to the annual economic forecast released Dec. 4 by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).

“The real market growth for 2020 is being fueled by increased transportation investments from federal, state and local governments,” says ARTBA Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black, who conducted the analysis.

Total domestic transportation construction and related-market activity in 2020 should reach $300.4 billion, up from 2019’s $286.5 billion, after adjusting for project costs and inflation.

The transportation construction market grew by 8 percent in 2019 compared to 2018, driven largely by gains in highway, street and pavement work, which grew by $9.6 billion to $73.1 billion.

Airport construction work on runways and terminals increased by less than 1 percent in 2019 but was still at record investment levels.  Strong growth in the subway, light rail and mass transit sector, as well as private railroad investment helped support a strong year for transportation construction activity.

One variable, Black says, is the outlook for the reauthorization of the FAST Act transportation law, due in 2020, and the ability of Congress to find additional revenues to support the Highway Trust Fund (HTF).  Any project delays because states are concerned about whether the next federal surface transportation bill is completed in a timely matter could temper 2020 market growth, Black added.  

Overall, transportation construction market activity is expected to increase or be steady in about half of the states, the ARTBA analysis shows.  Some of the largest markets expected to remain stable or grow include Texas, California, Illinois, New York, Florida, North Carolina, Washington, Minnesota, Michigan, Arizona and Wisconsin.

Black shared her findings during a Dec. 4 webinar for analysts, investors, transportation construction market executives, and public officials.

Other market variables include material prices, increased labor costs and labor shortages in some regions.   

Among the other key Black findings:

Public & Private Highway, Street & Related Construction  

  • The real value of public highway, street and related construction investment by state transportation departments and local governments—the largest market sector—is expected to increase by 6 percent to $77.5 billion after growing 15 percent in 2019.
  • Construction work on private highways, bridges, parking lots and driveways will increase from $69.1 billion in 2019 to $71.8 billion in 2020 and will continue to grow over the next five years as market activity increases in those sectors.

Bridges & Tunnels  

  • The pace of bridge and tunnel construction work stayed flat in 2019 and is forecast to grow by $800 million, or 3 percent, in 2020.  Bridge and tunnel market activity fell slightly from $28.8 billion in 2018 to $28.6 billion in 2019, after adjusting for project costs and inflation. 

Light Rail, Subways, & Railroads 

  • Public transit and rail construction are expected to grow from $23 billion in 2019 to $24.2 billion in 2020, a 5 percent increase. 
  • Subway and light rail investment are expected to reach a new record level, increasing from $10.3 billion this year to $11 billion in 2020.

Airport Runways & Terminals  

  • After growing 34 percent in 2018, airport terminal and related construction work, including structures like parking garages, hangars, air freight terminals and traffic towers, is estimated to increase from $18.5 billion in 2019 to $19.6 billion.
  • Runway work is forecasted to increase from $4.7 billion in 2019 to $4.9 billion in 2020.

Ports & Waterways 

  • The value of port and waterway investment should grow to $3.4 billion in 2020. Construction activity in 2019 was $3.3 billion, up from $2.5 billion in 2018. 

ARTBA’s forecast is based on a series of proprietary econometric models for each mode and analysis of federal, state and local data and market intelligence. The full forecast can be purchased at www.artbastore.org.

Established in 1902, ARTBA represents the U.S. transportation construction industry before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, courts, news media and the general public. 

An extensive review of the ARTBA 2020 Forecast and other related materials will be available in the January issues of all Associated Construction Publications (ACP).

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From Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood’s Blog Fast Lane: Congress: pass a clean FAA bill


Congress continues to ignore the FAA, 
more critical work stops, more workers are sent home…

Yesterday, in response to Congress’s failure to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration, I wrote that dozens of stop work orders had been issued for construction on major projects to build and modernize air traffic control towers and other airport and aviation infrastructure across the country.

Twenty-four hours later, Congress still has not fulfilled a basic responsibility to keep crucial operations at the FAA running.  Without 4,000 FAA employees on the job, the list of aviation construction projects unable to proceed is growing by the day.  And the number of construction workers sent home from their jobs on these projects is rising.

We are talking now about hundreds of millions of dollars in construction projects, research, and testing–all shut down.  And we are talking about thousands of workers–public and private–who were not paid yesterday, will not get paid today, and will not get paid tomorrow.  They will not get paid at all unless Congress acts.

In Traverse City, Michigan, airport manager Kevin Klein watched the idle job-site where workers were slated to install the “cab” section of the Cherry Capital Airport’s new control tower.  “It’s very frustrating,” Klein said. “It puts about 50 construction workers out of a job. But about 200 people are involved in this some way–designers, engineers, vendors, delivery folks. It’s going to be a hardship on them.”

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: this is no way to run the world’s best aviation system.

Airports need runway status lights.  Runway and taxiway lights help pilots know when it is safe to enter or cross a runway and when it is safe to take off.  Now, $250 million in work to design and install these lights at airports around the country is on indefinite hold.  At Phoenix Sky Harbor, Seattle-Tacoma, Houston George Bush Intercontinental, New York-LaGuardia, Washington-Dulles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Las Vegas McCarran international airports, this critical work can’t move forward.

In earthquake-prone areas, airports need strengthened air traffic control towers.  Now, $20 million in engineering and construction work to help protect these towers has been halted.

“It’s depressing,” said Sasha Milosavljevich a contractor on a new 352-foot control tower at McCarran. “You got a site that was flourishing with activity, and there’s nothing going on right now.”

That’s just the beginning of the airport improvements the FAA supports every day in every state.  And, make no mistake, when you’re talking about infrastructure and complex facilities, every day that you’re not moving forward, you are losing the battle against weather, against wear and tear, against the pace of technological developments.

I have said over and over that the safety of the flying public will not be compromised by this situation.  But that does not mean we can afford to take this at all lightly.  As FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said, “The real world implications of Congressional inaction are serious.  The FAA cannot conduct necessary work to keep our aviation system competitive and moving forward.”

Again, I ask Congress: pass a clean FAA bill.