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ARTBA Tells Senate Panel Endangered Species Act Needs Targeted Reforms 

 The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Feb. 15 told a U.S. Senate panel the Endangered Species Act’s (ESA) “critical habitat” provision should be replaced with a “less expansive habitat preservation system that focuses on preserving essential species habitat without imposing unnecessary and excessive restrictions on development.”

The ESA was originally passed in 1973 and hasn’t been amended for nearly 30 years. In a statement submitted to a Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee oversight hearing entitled, “Modernization of the Endangered Species Act,” ARTBA noted the proper “determination of critical habitat is a very important issue for state and local governments, as well as businesses located in areas impacted by ESA activity. A determination of critical habitat can literally remove hundreds of miles from the possibility of any type of development.”

ARTBA pointed to the impacts of the law on infrastructure projects. “The ESA is a valuable tool in helping to deliver transportation projects in a manner that is most beneficial to both the environment and the communities served by those projects,” ARTBA said. In its current state, however, the ESA has achieved less than a 1 percent rate of success for species recovery. At the same time, it has resulted in multi-year delays for transportation construction projects.”

In other recommendations, the association said Congress should:

Establish a standard to define the “best available” scientific data in decisions concerning endangered or threatened species. This standard should provide for independent peer review of all ESA determinations.

Reform the species listing process to discourage listing of species not actually threatened. Specifically, species should not be able to be listed based on potential threats, only actual impacts. Also, the de-listing process should be streamlined to allow for easier removal of species once they are no longer threatened.

Curb unnecessary ESA litigation by disallowing litigation based on possible development occurring as the result of a proposed transportation project. Only disputes involving the effects of the potential project itself should be considered.

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.

ARTBA Bridge Reports That There Are Nearly 56,000 American Bridges That Are Structurally Deficient


Nearly 56,000 American Bridges on Structurally Deficient List, New Analysis of Federal Data Shows

Data Available: www.artbabridgereport.org

Highlights:

List includes: Brooklyn & Throgs Neck (N.Y.), Yankee Doodle (Conn.), Memorial (Va.-DC) and Greensboro (N.C.) Bridges.
1,900 structurally deficient bridges are on the Interstate Highway System.
Average age of a structurally deficient bridge is 67 years old, compared to 39 years for non-deficient bridges.
41% of U.S. bridges (250,406) are over 40 years old and have not had major reconstruction work.
Website features listing of deficient bridges by state and congressional district.

(WASHINGTON) – The length of the nation’s structurally deficient bridges if placed end-to-end would stretch 1,276 miles, half the distance from New York to Los Angeles, a new examination of federal government data shows. It’s a problem that hits close to home.

An analysis of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) recently-released 2016 National Bridge Inventory data finds cars, trucks and school buses cross the nation’s 55,710 structurally compromised bridges 185 million times daily. About 1,900 are on the Interstate Highway System. State transportation departments have identified 13,000 Interstate bridges that need replacement, widening or major reconstruction.

The inventory of structurally deficient bridges has declined 0.5 percent since the 2015 report. At that pace, it would take more than two decades to replace or repair all of them, according to American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black, who conducted the analysis.

Black says the data shows 28 percent of bridges (173,919) are over 50 years old and have never had any major reconstruction work in that time.

“America’s highway network is woefully underperforming. It is outdated, overused, underfunded and in desperate need of modernization,” Black says. “State and local transportation departments haven’t been provided the resources to keep pace with the nation’s bridge needs.”

To help ensure public safety, bridge decks and support structures are regularly inspected for deterioration and remedial action. They are rated on a scale of zero to nine—with nine meaning the bridge is in “excellent” condition. A bridge is classified as structurally deficient and in need of repair if its overall rating is four or below.

While these bridges may not be imminently unsafe, they are in need of attention.

Other key findings in the ARTBA analysis:

Iowa (4,968), Pennsylvania (4,506), Oklahoma (3,460), Missouri (3,195), Nebraska (2,361), Illinois (2,243), Kansas (2,151), Mississippi (2,098), Ohio (1,942) and New York (1,928) have the most structurally deficient bridges. The District of Columbia (9), Nevada (31), Delaware (43), Hawaii (64) and Utah (95) have the least.

At least 15 percent of the bridges in eight states—Rhode Island (25 percent), Iowa (21 percent), Pennsylvania (20 percent), South Dakota (20 percent), West Virginia (17 percent), Nebraska (15 percent), North Dakota (15 percent) and Oklahoma (15 percent)—fall in the structurally deficient category.
State—and congressional district—specific information from the analysis—including rankings and the locations of the 250 most heavily travelled structurally deficient bridges in the nation and top 25 most heavily traveled in each state—is available at www.artbabridgereport.org.

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.

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55 Industry Professionals Earn “Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™” Designation

Fifty-five transportation construction professionals are in the “inaugural class” earning the “Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™” (SCTPP) credential, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Foundation announced today.

Launched in fall 2016, the SCTPP program is aimed at the thousands of transportation project workers, supervisors, foremen, inspectors, managers, manufacturers and materials suppliers, designers, equipment operators and owners who could make a huge, industry-wide safety impact by learning core competencies necessary to identify and mitigate potentially life-threatening on-site risks.

“Our goal is to help cause a demonstrable reduction in the number of deaths and injuries that occur on and around transportation project sites each year,” ARTBA President Pete Ruane said. “We believe we can do that if all of the key decision makers, from project inception through completion, have safety top of mind. This program identifies and rewards those who have competency in this critical management area.”

The 55 professionals were from a group that took the SCTPP program’s “pilot test” last summer and fall. The two-and-a-half hour exam contains up to 120 multiple-choice questions that probe knowledge in: assessing project risks; creating project safety plans; implementing and conducting on-going evaluation of a site-specific operational safety plan; and conducting incident investigations. It has been designed to meet the rigorous protocols required for accreditation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the International Organization for Standardization ISO/IEC 17024: “Conformity Assessment: General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification of Persons.”

The professional certification is valid for three years. Recertification will require documented, continuing learning on the topic or retesting.

The list of “Safety Certified Transportation Project Professionals” includes:

Juan Abrigo, area safety manager, Austin Bridge & Road, L.P., Irving, Texas
Jes Allen, superintendent, Zachry Construction Corporation, Cornelius, N.C.
David Asselin, safety director, Ranger Construction, Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Tyler Bean, HSE regional manager, Allan Myers, Worcester, Pa.
Trenton Beeler, safety manager, Austin Commercial, Sherman, Texas
Raymond Berrios, safety director, Ranger Construction, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Josh Brown, HSE manager, Allan Myers, Williamsburg, Va.
Travis Browning, field safety mgr., Superior Construction Company, Jacksonville, Fla.
Dennis Burks, safety director, HNTB, Kansas City, Mo.
Ruben Canales, sr. safety mgr., Zachry Construction Corporation, Richmond, Texas
Javier Cano, safety coordinator, Zachry Construction Corp., San Antonio, Texas
Robert Clark, project manager, Superior Construction Company, Jacksonville, Fla.
Sean Conard, fleet safety director, Allan Myers, Williamsburg, Va.
Brian Connolly, regional equipment mgr., Superior Construction Co., Frankfort, Ill.
David Cope, environmental manager, Austin Bridge & Road, L.P., Rockwall, Texas
Russell Emmett, safety training consultant, E&J Consulting, Upper Marlboro, Md.
John Farrell, regional HSE manager, Allan Myers, Pottstown, Pa.
Colin Faulkner, safety director, ATS Construction, Lexington, Ky.
William French, sr. safety manager, Austin Bridge & Road, L.P., Dallas, Texas
Alfred Garcia, project safety mgr., Zachry Construction Corp., Port Lavaca, Texas
Michael Grisko, instructor, LIUNA Laborers Local 172 S.E.T, Folsom, N.J.
Randy Henson, division safety mgr., Zachry Construction Corp., Grand Prairie, Texas
Chris Iungerich, safety manager, Austin Bridge & Road, L.P., San Antonio, Texas
Gunnar Johnson, field engineer, Zachry Construction Corporation, Houston, Texas
Elisha Johnson, field manager, Allan Myers, Richmond, Va.
Peter Kaplan, project safety manager, Wagman, Baltimore, Md.
Matthew Koss, HSE manager, Allan Myers, Batlimore, Md.
Don Lindert Jr., safety manager, Austin Commercial, Ovilla, Texas
Gregory Linenfelser, HSE professional, Transurban, Tysons Corner, Va.
Eliu Martinez, safety manager, Austin Commercial, Dallas, Texas
Joel McGlothlin, regional safety manager, Austin Commercial, Mansfield, Texas
James Milner, project mgr., Superior Construction Co. Southeast, LLC, Jacksonville, Fla.
Robert Montel, safety manager, Rieth-Riley Construction Co., Inc., Goshen, Ind.
Mauricio Montoya, HSE specialist, Allan Myers, Richmond, Va.
Anthony Nanfro, superintendent, Zachry Construction Corporation, Magnolia, Texas
William Pedigo, safety director, Austin Bridge & Road, L.P., Irving, Texas
Ron Phillips, sr. safety supervisor, Lane Construction, Fredericksburg, Va.
Joseph Polansky, director of HSE, Fred Smith Construction, Raleigh, N.C.
Stephanie Powers, area safety manager, Lane Construction, Falls Church, Va.
Darrell Pruitt, regional safety director, Superior Construction Co., Montezuma, Ind.
David Putnam, HSE manager, Allan Myers, Havre de Grace, Md.
David Roberson, building div. safety mgr., Zachry Construction Corp., Seguin, Texas
Jacob Selby, field engineer, Zachry Construction Corp., North Richland Hills, Texas
Jeffrey Sienkiewicz, project manager, Zachry Construction Corp., Flower Mound, Texas
Sean Simpson, HSE specialist, Allan Myers, Baltimore, Md.
Randy Spurlock, safety manager, Allan Myers, Bel Air, Md.
Terry Stephens, area safety manager, Austin Bridge & Road, L.P., Irving, Texas
Donald Stephens, safety manager, Zachry Construction Corp., San Antonio, Texas
Bryan Stone, safety director, Superior Construction Company, Jacksonville, Fla.
Michelle Teets, mid-Atlantic regional safety manager, Lane Construction, Norfolk, Va.
Nathan Terry, structures superintendent, Zachry Construction Corp., Porter, Texas
Cheyenne Urban, safety representative, Austin Bridge & Road, L.P., Frisco, Texas
Joseph Warren, HSE specialist, Allan Myers, Virginia Beach, Va.
Steven Yeckel, HSE manager, Allan Myers, Stafford, Va.
Derek Yeckel, HSE specialist, Allan Myers, Fredericksburg, Va.

For more information about the credential, and to see if you meet the test eligibility requirements, visit www.puttingsafetyfirst.org.

The ARTBA Transportation Development Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entity established in 1985, supports a wide portfolio of research, education and public awareness programs and activities aimed at highlighting the importance of U.S. transportation investment.