Roddy Road covered bridge in Maryland. iStock phtoo

By Rob Regier, field director, ARTBA

About 40 members of ARTBA’s Planning & Design (P & D) Division were briefed at a special “Engineering Issues” event June 7 at the Northeast Association of State Transportation Officials annual meeting in Quebec City, Canada. In a panel discussion, agency representatives from Delaware, Vermont, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, and Pennsylvania offered transportation construction market assessments for their state. 

“The panel was optimistic about the prospects for improving transportation infrastructure in their states and preparing to fully implement the provisions of the FAST Act,” said Rich Markwith of TranSystems, the event moderator and former P & D Division president. “Funding certainty, succession planning, performance and asset management and environmental streamlining were themes echoed across the group.”

Some panelists provided written information about their department’s estimated financial investment; planning and design contracts and resident engineer construction inspection services to be advertised over the next 24 months. They also provided details of their state’s current position regarding design-build and public-private partnerships for transportation projects. Written information from Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Vermont, Maryland and the District of Columbia is available here.

For decades, ARTBA has hosted breakfast or lunch events for networking and information sharing at the four annual AASHTO regional meetings. The events feature market briefings by senior level executives from all of the region’s state transportation departments, and they are open to all ARTBA members with pre-registration. Click on the links to register for upcoming Engineering Issues events at WASHTO, June 29, in Laramie, Wyoming; MAASTO, Aug. 10, in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and SASHTO, Aug. 29, in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.