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ARTBA Says State DOTs Continue to Pull Back on Transportation Improvements Over Continued Uncertainty Regarding the Federal Highway Trust Fund

d9cdad69-e8aa-4830-b455-58392c53ea55Four states have canceled or delayed $780 million in transportation improvement projects and another nine say over $1.8 billion are at risk because of continued uncertainty over whether Congress will take action soon to fix the ailing Highway Trust Fund (HTF).

The Washington, D.C.-based American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) reviewed news reports, public statements and testimony from state officials to compile the list featured in a March 24 report.

On average, the HTF is the source of 52 percent of all highway and bridge capital investments made annually by state governments. Funding for the federal highway and transit program expires on May 31 unless Congress acts. The HTF has suffered five revenue shortfalls between 2008 and 2014, and the next cash crisis is expected to occur in summer 2015.

So far in 2015, four states—Ark., Ga., Tenn. and Wyo.—have shelved $779.7 million in projects due to the uncertainty over federal funds.

Nine states—Colo., Conn., Miss., Mont., Neb., Nev., Pa., Vt., and W.Va.—have expressed concern over the feasibility of future transportation infrastructure projects totaling more than $1.8 billion if Congress does not act before May 31. ARTBA expects more states will make similar announcements as the deadline draws nearer.

Last year, before a last-ditch effort by members of Congress led to an extension of MAP-21, DOT officials in 35 states publicly stated that they would be impacted by the precarious HTF situation.

“It’s déjà vu all over again as Yogi Berra would say,” according to ARTBA President & CEO Pete Ruane. “This is one of the most easily avoidable crises because Congress has known the May deadline was coming for about eight months. Yet, here we are again flirting with another economic meltdown in the peak of the construction season,” he added.

“The continued uncertainty with the Highway Trust Fund has real world, negative impacts as state governments begin cutting back on their construction plans because they don’t know if the funding will be there to pay the bills a few months from now,” Ruane said. “This, in turn, prevents private sector companies from hiring workers and making major capital investments such as purchasing equipment, both of which are key to bolstering economic activity.”

“The clock is on the field.  There are 34 legislative calendar days left in the Senate and just 22 days in the House,” Ruane said. “It’s time for Congress and the President to show they can govern and provide a permanent funding solution for America’s highway and transit program.”

The ARTBA report can be found in “current issues” of ARTBA’s government section of www.artba.org

ARTBA President & CEO Pete Ruane
 Reacts to the Passing of
 Astec Industries Founder Dr. J Don Brock

d9cdad69-e8aa-4830-b455-58392c53ea55American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) President & CEO Pete Ruane issued the following statement about the death of Dr. J. Don Brock:

“Don Brock was one of the greatest innovators in the history of modern road building.

“He founded Astec Industries in 1972 and transformed it into a leading global manufacturer of equipment for asphalt road building, aggregate processing, pipeline and utility trenching, oil, gas and water well drilling.

“A man of incredible intellect, Don’s vision for Astec was to apply creative thinking and state-of-the-art technology to traditionally low-tech industries and bolster them with a corporate culture that would become renowned for putting its customers first. He succeeded.

“As the holder of more 90 U.S. and foreign patents, Don touched virtually every phase of road building and related construction activity. In the process, he has made the nation’s roads and equipment safer and more efficient, durable, environmentally friendly and profitable.

“In 2011, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Foundation created its TransOvation™ program for the specific purposes of fostering innovative thinking within the transportation design and construction industry and publicly recognizing its proven innovators. The name played off the meanings of three words—transportation, innovation and ovation. The program is aimed at educating elected officials and the public about the outstanding return on investment the public receives from key transportation infrastructure improvements.

“At a 2012 dinner in Memphis, friends of Don Brock, led by then Heritage Construction & Materials CEO Charlie Potts, hosted the largest one night fundraising dinner in the history of the ARTBA Foundation and re-named the program the Dr. J. Don Brock TransOvation™ Workshop & Exhibit in honor of his lifetime achievements.

“Don may have passed from this earth, but his legacy and pioneering spirit live on, and he will inspire a new generation of innovators who seek to build a better world for all through transportation infrastructure.

“ARTBA extends its deepest sympathies to his wife, Sam, and the entire Brock family.”

American Road & Transportation Builders Association Chief Notes 100-Day Milestone Until the Next Possible Highway & Transit Program Shutdown

d9cdad69-e8aa-4830-b455-58392c53ea55American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) President & CEO Pete Ruane released the following statement Feb. 20, 2015:

Unknown“In just 100 days, authorization for the federal highway and transit program will end, absent action by the Congress.  Close observers know, however, that the Senate and House are only scheduled to be in session 55 and 36 days, respectively, before that legislative deadline occurs.  Where is the sense of urgency?

“The uncertainty caused by congressional action is already—again—having real world, negative economic consequences as states begin cutting back work plans because they don’t know if the funding will be there to pay the bills several months from now.

“Investing in the transportation infrastructure that facilitates freight movement and personal mobility is a basic responsibility of government.  It’s time for Congress and the President  to show they can govern by providing a permanent revenue solution for the Highway Trust Fund and then pivoting to enactment of a well-funded, multi-year program reauthorization.

“The clock is on the field.”

ARTBA Forecasts Continued Gains for US Transportation Infrastructure Market

ARTBA Forecasts Continued Gains for US Transportation Infrastructure Market

American Road & Transportation Builders Association CEO Reacts to the President’s Budget

d9cdad69-e8aa-4830-b455-58392c53ea55American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) President & CEO Pete Ruane released the following statement regarding President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget:
“The President’s budget recognizes the obvious. Status quo federal investment levels in America’s highways, bridges, and transit systems just won’t cut it anymore and isn’t a formula for strong economic growth.

“Passage of a robust, six-year transportation investment proposal as envisioned by the President would send the right signal to states planning new projects and to private sector companies contemplating whether to hire workers and make capital investment decisions.

“However, we shouldn’t put the horse before the cart. The most immediate challenge facing Congress and the President is reaching agreement on a sustainable revenue source to fix the beleaguered Highway Trust Fund before the next extension expires at the end of May. We urge them to check political expediency at the door and work together to quickly find a permanent funding solution for the nation’s transportation networks.”