U.S. Treasury Issues Interim Rule on $350 Billion Relief Uses

What happened: The U.S. Department of the Treasury issued an interim final rule on permissible uses of $350 billion in state and local aid included in the recent American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The move will allow use of this relief money for certain state and local...
White House Meetings Yield Optimism, Few Details

White House Meetings Yield Optimism, Few Details

What happened: President Joe Biden hosted multiple meetings with key lawmakers in the infrastructure debate, including the top four congressional leaders in the House and Senate, and Senate GOP committees of jurisdiction. The lawmakers said they are encouraged by the...

ARTBA and Allies Weigh In Against Local Hire Mandates

ARTBA and Allies Weigh In Against Local Hire Mandates

What happened: In a May 13 letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, 60 transportation construction and allied associations expressed continued opposition to mandated hiring preferences on federal-aid highway and transit projects (sometimes called “local...

Federal Issues Program Panel Explores Transportation Proposals

Federal Issues Program Panel Explores Transportation Proposals

What's happening: ARTBA's Federal Issues Program (FIP) and the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) Fly-In takes place May 18-20 on a virtual platform. Why it matters: Congress and the Biden administration are debating several infrastructure proposals and...

Fatality Data Drives Home Need for Work Zone Safety

Fatality Data Drives Home Need for Work Zone Safety

Work zone fatalities and crashes increased to record highs in 2019 after a decline the previous year, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data. “Over the past 10 years, work zone fatalities have increased nearly 44 percent, averaging an annual...

Fast Fix for California’s Iconic Highway

Fast Fix for California’s Iconic Highway

By John Schneidawind, vice president of public affairs, ARTBA When a 150-foot chunk of California Highway 1 near Big Sur fell into the Pacific Ocean on Jan. 28, it was anybody’s guess when the scenic stretch would re-open to traffic. But the road opened April 26,...