By Allison Klein, vice president of member services, ARTBA

Funding discussions, workforce development challenges and safety culture were among the topics discussed at ARTBA’s Aug. 14 Engineering Issues breakfast at the Southeastern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (SASHTO) annual meeting in Norfolk, Va.

Ten state department of transportation officials participated in the discussion and most provided written information regarding their respective agency’s estimated investment in transportation construction; planning and design contracts and resident engineer construction inspection services they will advertise over the next 24 months; and their positions on design-build and P3s.

ARTBA Planning & Design Division President Doug LaVoie, a senior vice president with CDM Smith, moderated the panel. Nearly 80 ARTBA members attended the event.

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