Over 60 members of the Metropolitan Washington Road & Transportation Builders Association (MWRTBA) gathered at the ARTBA Headquarters for breakfast July 26 to hear from Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and high-ranking District Department of Transportation (DDOT) officials about their agency’s vision for future transportation improvement projects and oversight in Washington, D.C.

Chris Lawson, 20-year veteran and division administrator at FHWA, gave an overview and highlighted how the agencies work together.

DDOT Director Matt Brown, who was appointed to the post by D.C. Mayor Vincent Grey in April, discussed the city’s recently unveiled “moveDC” proposal, a 26-year, $54 billion multimodal transportation plan that aims to address the city’s growing population and transportation needs. MWRTBA is currently collecting feedback from its members on the plan, and will submit formal comments on behalf of the transportation design and construction later this summer.

On June 27, MWRTBA Executive Director Mike Sakata presented testimony on the “moveDC” proposal to the City Council’s Committee on Transportation and the Environment, urging that all funds raised be dedicated solely to transportation and discouraged the Council from diverting financial resources to pay for non-transportation related projects.  Sakata also warned that the “moveDC” effort should not attempt to endorse one transportation mode at the expense of others and urged the Council to make sure proper attention is paid to transportation construction worker safety.  Read the full statement.

MWRTBA’s next breakfast is set for August 21. Reggie Sanders, director of communications for DDOT, will talk about the agency’s contractor initiatives and social media strategies. Register today or contact Mike Sakata for more information.