By Eileen Houlihan, senior writer/editor ARTBA

“Project delays not only waste federal resources and taxpayer dollars, but also delay mobility and safety enhancements and stifle job economic growth,” ARTBA chairman David Zachry told members of a House Oversight & Government Reform Committee hearing on Dec. 8.

Zachry, who is the president and chief executive officer of San Antonio, Texas-based Zachry Corporation, testified before a hearing on the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act of 2012 “Program Consolidation.” He thanked the members of Congress for their efforts over many years “to cut through the bureaucratic red-tape that has plagued the transportation project planning and approval process.”

He also noted that the lack of long-term federal funding to states had left many reluctant to proceed with large, complex, multi-year projects that could benefit from time and money saving reforms included in MAP-21. The recent enactment of the five-year “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act,” or FAST Act, should help remedy those concerns, Zachry said.

Read Zachry’s full testimony.