By Allison Klein, managing director, Planning & Design Division, ARTBA

More than 40 ARTBA members and state department of transportation (DOT) officials attended ARTBA’s June 26 Engineering Issues luncheon at Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (WASHTO) conference in Juneau, Alaska.

Moderated by ARTBA Planning & Design Division President Doug LaVoie, a senior vice president with CDM Smith, 11 DOT leaders participated in a panel discussion covering topics such as workforce development challenges and the major trends in their state that will impact the industry.  DOT officials also shared information on their estimates on financial investment in transportation construction; planning and design contracts and resident engineer construction inspection services they will be advertising over the next 24 months; and their state’s current position on design-build and P3s.  For a copy of the handout or for more details about ARTBA’s upcoming Engineering Issues events at the other AASHTO regional meetings, contact me.