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ARTBA Industry Leader Development Program Fellows Push Members of Congress for Permanent Highway Trust Fund Solution

Twenty-four emerging leaders in the transportation design and construction industry participated in an intensive May 13-15 Washington, D.C., “boot camp” introduction to the federal legislative and regulatory processes. The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Foundation’s Industry Leader Development Program (ILDP) fellows visited Capitol Hill to urge their members of Congress to find a permanent revenue solution for the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) and push for timely action on a new transportation infrastructure investment package.

The annual event was held in conjunction with the association’s Federal Issues Program and the Transportation Construction Coalition Fly-In.

There have been more than 700 graduates from over 200 industry firms since the ILDP’s inception in 1995 when it was known as the Young Executive Development Program.

The ILDP provides participants with a solid understanding of industry economics, how transportation work in the U.S. is funded and financed, how actions by the federal government impact the industry, and how they—and their company or agency—can become politically engaged.  Participants heard from House Ways and Means Committee member Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) at a dinner event, where he discussed prospects for the next federal highway/transit investment bill.

The 2019 ILDP class included:

  • Julia Barker, vice president & area manager, Parsons Corporation, Denver, Colo.
  • Jerae Carlson, vice president, sustainability & public affairs, CEMEX, Inc., Houston, Texas
  • Mitchell Cooper, vice president, Cooper Engineering, Corona, Calif.
  • Tyler Farella, project manager, Parsons Construction Group, Inc., Westminster, Colo.
  • Keith Foxx, manager, transportation, RK&K, Baltimore, Md.
  • Victor Fricke, area manager, Gulf Coast, Texas Sterling Construction Co., Houston
  • Travis Gates, project manager, Ranger Construction Industries, Inc., West Palm Beach, Fla.
  • Cody Jackson, project manager, Jones Bros Contractors, LLC, Mt. Juliet, Tenn.
  • Andrew Kitchen, senior project manager, The Lane Construction Corporation, Glen Burnie, Md.
  • Sherina Lam, project manager, AECOM, Sacramento, Calif.
  • William Letchworth, assistant vice president, Raleigh Office Lead, WSP, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Howard Lubliner, department manager, Burns and McDonnell, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Mark Luther, vice president, WSP, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Kim Maiolo, director of communications and outreach, Associated Pennsylvania Constructors, Harrisburg, Pa.
  • Zach McClellan, geotechnical design manager, Ferrovial Agroman US Corp, Austin, Texas
  • Christopher McGuire, Maryland surface transportation leader, AECOM, Baltimore, Md.
  • Eric Ogren, vice president of estimating, project management, Harrison Construction Division of APAC – Atlantic, Inc., Asheville, N.C.
  • Brett Paulk, vice president, H.O. Weaver & Sons, Inc., Mobile, Ala.
  • Brian Pourciau, senior engineer, Parsons, Washington, D.C.
  • Carrie Rocha, vice president, office leader, HNTB Corporation, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Kenneth Shovlin, director of engineering, American Bridge Company, Coraopolis, Pa.
  • Brian Smith, senior project manager, AECOM, Ontario, Calif.
  • Brian Teles, senior project manager, structures group manager, office principal, Gannett Fleming, Inc., Audubon, Pa.
  • Ryan Terry, project director, The Lane Construction Corporation, Virginia Beach, Va.

Established in 1985, the ARTBA Foundation is a 501(c) 3 tax-exempt entity designed to “promote research, education and public awareness” about the impacts of transportation investment.  It supports an array of initiatives, including educational scholarships, awards, management and education programs, roadway work zone safety training, special economic research and reports, American National Standards Institute-accredited transportation project safety certification, and an exhibition on transportation at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

ARTBA Honors William D. Toohey with Its Highest Award

William D. Toohey, Jr., a long-time American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) senior executive, is the 2018 recipient of the organization’s highest honor—the “ARTBA Award.”  It was presented May 14 during the Federal Issues Program in the Nation’s Capital.

Established in 1960, the ARTBA Award recognizes individuals for outstanding contributions that have advanced the broad goals of the association. Over the years, recipients have included several governors, more than 25 U.S. senators or representatives, two U.S. secretaries of transportation and dozens of top leaders and executives from government and the private sector of the transportation construction industry.

Toohey, who retired in April as ARTBA executive vice president and COO, was recognized for 34 years of leadership and executive management of the government relations, policy, member services, and marketing functions. Over the years, he was the architect of innovative policies such as the Critical Commerce Corridors goods movement program.

Toohey was the driving force behind the “Transportation Makes America Work” grassroots lobbying and communications advocacy program; National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse (www.workzonesafety.org); Dr. Don Brock TransOvation™ Workshop; and Transportation Investment Advocacy Center™ (www.transportationinvestment.org).

Toohey also spearheaded the development of the industry’s surface transportation reauthorization policy proposals—and the task forces that produced them—dating back to the late 1980s. Because of his efforts and ARTBA’s leadership in framing the policy debate, nearly a dozen federal transportation investment bills have become the law of the land.

Bill and his wife Mary reside in Maryland. They have three adult children, Bridget, Bill and Mike, and one grandson, Drew.

Established in 1902, Washington, D.C.-based ARTBA is the “consensus voice” of the U.S. transportation design and construction industry before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, news media, and the general public.

ARTBA Safety Week Challenge to Highway Contractors: Certify Your Employees. Save Lives!

Home to the Industry’s Only Internationally-Accredited Safety Program:
www.puttingsafetyfirst.org

As the annual “Construction Safety Week” gets underway, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) Foundation is challenging U.S. transportation contractors to enroll their workers in the Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™ (SCTPP) program.

The SCTPP was launched to help significantly reduce—or ideally eliminate—the 700 motorist and worker fatalities, and nearly 50,000 injuries that occur annually in and around U.S. transportation project sites.

One of the unique benefits of the program is its broad reach.  It is targeted at elevating safety awareness among non-safety professionals in the industry—planners, designers, owners, field supervisors and inspectors—who are in decision-making roles from project conception through completion.

It aims to bring thousands of more “eyes” to the task of identifying and mitigating potential hazards for workers and motorists commonly found in transportation work zones—skills identified through the certification.

In May 2018, the SCTPP earned the “seal of approval” from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI); which means it is the transportation construction industry’s only internationally-accredited safety program.

Since its late 2016 launch, more 325 professionals from 74 companies and agencies in 37 states and Washington, D.C. have earned the SCTPP credential.

Learn more about the eligibility requirements and how to certify your firm’s key employees: www.puttingsafetyfirst.org.

Safety Week started in 2014, when more than 40 national and global construction firms which comprised the Construction Industry Safety Initiative (CISI) group and the Incident and Injury Free (IIF) CEO Forum joined forces with a single aim: to inspire everyone in the industry to be leaders in safety. Today, more than 80 construction firms across the U.S. and Canada participate in this important initiative. Some of ARTBA’s leading contractor members are Safety Week supporters.

Established in 1985, the ARTBA Foundation is a 501(c) 3 tax-exempt entity designed to “promote research, education and public awareness” about the impacts of transportation investment. The Foundation supports an array of initiatives, including educational scholarships, awards, professional development academies, a transportation project safety certification program, roadway work zone safety and training, special economic reports and an exhibition on transportation at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Visit artbatdf.org

ARTBA President & CEO Dave Bauer released the following statement on Whitehouse Infrastructure Meeting

American Road & Transportation Builders Association President & CEO Dave Bauer released the following statement about the April 30 meeting on infrastructure between President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer:

“Common ground has always been there for the taking when it comes to making major new infrastructure investments. Today’s meeting was a positive and constructive step forward in what should be a bipartisan process.

“The foundational pillar of any long-term infrastructure package is a sustainable, growing, user-fee based revenue stream for the Highway Trust Fund. It remains the linchpin for any final and meaningful deal between the Trump administration and Congress.”

Established in 1902, and with more than 8,000 public and private sector members, the Washington, D.C.-based ARTBA advocates for strong investment in transportation infrastructure to meet the public and business community demand for safe and efficient travel. For more information visit:  www.artba.org

ARTBA’s Dave Bauer, in Washington Post Op-Ed, Urges Infrastructure Investment

ARTBA President and CEO Dave Bauer wrote the op-ed, below, which was published in the April 21 issue of The Washington Post. Above, inside the “corroded carcass” of the Arlington Memorial Bridge. Photo: Federal Highway Administration.

By David C. Bauer

If placed end to end, the length of structurally deficient bridges in the D.C. area would stretch nearly four miles and cover the area of 18 football fields, according to a new analysis of federal government data we released this month. Nationally, there are more than 47,000 such structures. In the DMV, 145 structurally deficient bridges need an urgent repair, with reconstruction work needed on 2,000 structures, accounting for half of all the bridges in the area. This work would cost an estimated $3.6 billion.

Sadly, this is no joke and speaks to a much larger problem.

The Post reported last month that the D.C. government has received more than 7,000 pothole complaints from January to mid-March; that’s almost four times more complaints than at this point in 2017. The Post and its reporters have also done yeoman’s work highlighting the sorry state of our other major commuter corridors.

A massive, 10-foot-deep sinkhole on forced the closure of the George Washington Parkway on March 22, resulting in traffic gridlock. Anyone regularly driving north or south between Spout Run and the Capital Beltway knows well the horrible pavement conditions. The road and the water infrastructure beneath are crumbling on the 1930s-era road. At night, it’s a white-knuckle experience with reduced visibility and no lighting. At the same time, the National Park Service reduced speed limits to 40 mph on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway because of similarly hazardous conditions.

The agency has plans to rehabilitate both roads but speaks in terms of many years, not sooner. Public safety demands action now.

And let’s not forget the nearly 90-year-old structurally deficient Arlington Memorial Bridge, which is also owned by the Park Service. Thankfully, it is getting a long-overdue rehabilitation but only after last-minute emergency action from Congress and a ban on heavy vehicles from crossing it.

While it’s easy to blame the Park Service, the reality is the agency is operating on a beer budget. The estimated cost to modernize the Memorial Bridge is about $250 million, or close to the agency’s annual road improvement budget for the entire country.

The real story here is the abject failure over many years by elected officials, particularly at the federal level, to make the investments necessary to keep our infrastructure in a state of good repair.

The American people are clamoring for action. A January 2019 Rasmussen Reports survey found that almost 90 percent of likely voters believe “the Democratic leadership . . . and President Trump should work together during 2019 to pass legislation that would improve . . . infrastructure.”

Since the 2016 election, Trump and bipartisan congressional leaders have regularly cited upgrading the nation’s infrastructure as an area for common ground. After more than a decade of federal actions dominated by preserving the status quo, this new dialogue is welcome and sadly overdue. Every day spent talking about the need to fix infrastructure, however, is a day in which the problem gets worse.

So, what’s to be done?

The most pressing priority: Fix the Federal Highway Trust Fund, which is the source, on average, of more than 50 percent of all highway and bridge capital investments made annually by state transportation departments. The fund is in a world of financial hurt.

Without new revenue, starting in 2021, states would face a 40 percent cut in investment. All revenue options, including a Post-endorsed increase in the federal gasoline tax for the first time since 1993, should be on the table.

It is time for our elected officials to stop talking and start solving problems.