Laramie, Wyoming was the site of ARTBA’s P&D Event at WASHTO. iStock photo

By Rob Regier, field director, ARTBA

Approximately 30 members of ARTBA’s Planning & Design (P & D) Division were briefed at a special “Engineering Issues” event at the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials annual meeting, June 29, in Laramie, Wyoming.

In a panel discussion, agency representatives from California, Washington, Arizona, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming, Nevada, Alaska, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Idaho offered transportation construction market assessments for their state. 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.

Information from Oregon, Utah, Wyoming, Washington, Nevada, South Dakota, and Alaska is available here.

“Leadership from the member agencies were pleased with the longer-term nature of the FAST Act, and some of the legislative changes in both FAST Act and MAP-21.  They also impressed upon the attendees the importance of the Every Day Counts Initiative and the flexibility given to the states in administering the program,” said Terracon Senior Vice President David Harwood, the event moderator.  “That said, many of them also warned that the underlying funding issue had not been addressed, emphasizing that we only had 4 years to fix it before the next crisis.”

Upcoming P & D Division Engineering Issues events include MAASTO, Aug. 10, in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and SASHTO, Aug. 29, in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.