Established in 1902 and headquartered in the Nation’s Capital, ARTBA is the oldest and most respected national transportation construction-related association.

ARTBA founder Horatio Earle, a Michigan public official, was the first to articulate the need for a federally-built network of Interstate highways. Earle called it the “Capital Connecting Government Highway System,” which he said, would “connect every state capital with each other and the Nation’s Capital-Washington, D.C.” Earle’s vision was achieved in 1956 when President Eisenhower signed the law authorizing the construction of the Interstate Highway System and creation of the Highway Trust Fund to pay for it.

ARTBA members designed, built and continue to maintain the Interstate system, along with the rest of the nation’s transportation network.

The association’s mission is simple: We are a federation whose primary goal is to aggressively grow and protect transportation infrastructure investment to meet the public and business demand for safe and efficient travel.  In support of this mission, ARTBA also provides programs and services designed to give its 7,700 public and private sector members a global competitive edge.

ARTBA’s core values and principles-defined and reflected in the association’s governance, management, policies and program of work-include: integrity and the highest ethical standards, visionary leadership that always focuses on the future and fosters innovation, an “action-oriented” approach and intelligent risk taking.

Below is a timeline of major milestones:


Industry leaders via ARTBA’s Foundation launch groundbreaking Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™ program to boost worksite hazard awareness and risk management skills across the industry.

ARTBA’s Transportation Investment Advocacy Center™  helps citizens pass more than more than 260 ballot measures nationwide to provide $207 billion for state and local road, bridge and transit projects.


ARTBA-TDF celebrates its 30th> Anniversary.

With more than 600 graduates, ARTBA-TDF Young Executive Development Program completes its 20th year.

ARTBA-TDF marks 15 years of the “Lanford Family Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship Program.”

The five-year “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act” is signed into law by President Barack Obama. It is the longest highway/transit program in a decade.


ARTBA launches Transportation Investment Advocacy Center.™

ARTBA hosts inaugural “National Workshop for State & Local Transportation Advocates.”

ARTBA rolls out first-ever all-digital “Washington Newsline.”

ARTBA leads the successful industry push for the first multi-year federal waterway and ports infrastructure investment law in seven years.


ARTBA hosts milestone 25th Annual National P3 in Transportation Conference. ARTBA’s marks 20th anniversary of its first-ever lawsuit challenging federal government agency regulatory outreach, and caps the year with legal victory for the time in the P3 arena by defeating an effort to strike down Virginia’s P3 law.


The 27-month highway/transit program bill (MAP-21) signed into law by President Barack Obama. ARTBA hosts first-ever “Local Transportation Management Virtual Conference & Innovation Showcase” featuring “Best Practices in Work Zone Safety.”


ARTBA launches first-ever TransOvation™ Workshop, an interactive event aimed at fostering a culture of innovation within the industry.


ARTBA-TDF “Transportation Development Hall of Fame” established.


President Barack Obama signs the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act, which provides an extra $48 billion for transportation improvements.


ARTBA hosts “National Traffic Management & Work Zone Safety Conference” at Intertraffic North America in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. ARTBA forward-looking, federally-led “Critical Commerce Corridors” goods movement proposal unveiled.


ARTBA celebrates 50th anniversary of the Interstate Highway Program in Washington, D.C., with a gala dinner featuring General Colin Powell.


ARTBA-pushed highway/transit program bill (SAFETEA-LU) signed by President George W. Bush.


ARTBA achieves long-time industry goal of ethanol tax reform, which results in an additional $2 billion annual revenue stream for transportation improvements.


ARTBA celebrates 100th anniversary in New York City and Washington, D.C. ARTBA “Transportation Makes America Work (TMAW) Campaign” launched.


Association holds first-ever “International Conference on Roadway Work Zone Safety” in Saint Louis, Mo.


ARTBA-led coalition secures passage of AIR-21, increasing federal airport capital investment by more than 60 percent.


ARTBA-led coalitions successfully push for record $218 billion federal highway/transit program bill (TEA-21). ARTBA “PRIDE in Transportation Construction” campaign launched. ARTBA and the Federal Highway Administration establish nation’s first National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse.


ARTBA’s official website (www.artba.org) launched.


ARTBA-TDF “Young Executive Development Program” established. ARTBA initiates “Transportation Construction Coalition” (TCC).


ARTBA successfully pushes enactment of National Highway System Designation Act. ARTBA initiates “Alliance for Truth in Transportation Budgeting Coalition.”


ARTBA Industry Advancement Fund (ARTBA-IAF) launched. ARTBA holds second “National Conference on Highway Work Zone Safety” in Washington, D.C.


ARTBA files first environmental lawsuit to protect transportation construction industry market interests.


ARTBA-pushed highway/transit program bill (ISTEA) provides $155 billion in federal investment.


ARTBA organizes “Building a Better America Through Transportation Construction” campaign to push for increased federal investment.


ARTBA Washington, D.C., event celebrates 30th anniversary of Interstate Highway Program.


Association holds first-ever “National Conference on Highway Work Zone Safety” in Washington, D.C. ARTBA Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF) established.


ARTBA successfully pushes first federal gas tax increase for road construction in 23 years.


ARTBA Political Action Committee established.


Name changed to American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).


ARBA-proposed federal 4-R bridge programs enacted.


ARBA-pushed federal Airport Trust Fund established.


ARBA Board of Directors creates The Road Information Program (TRIP), which is headquartered in ARBA’s office.


ARBA-advocated cabinet-level U.S. Department of Transportation created.


ARBA founder Earle’s vision of Interstate Highway Construction Program and the federal Highway Trust Fund established by law.


Record 300,000 attend ARBA “Road Show” in Chicago, Ill.


ARBA member Harry S. Truman elected U.S. President.


ARBA helps form “The Road Gang” in Washington, D.C.


Annual convention & “Road Show” in Chicago attracts 47,500.


ARBA-supported Hayden-Cartwright Act is signed into law authorizing $200 million for highway projects.


ARBA-American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO) Joint Committee established.


Association launches member magazine (today’s “Transportation Builder”).


ARBA successfully pushes first Federal-Aid Road Act.


ARBA sponsors first “Pan American Good Roads Conference.”


Name changed to American Road Builders Association (ARBA).


First ARM “Road Show” (the forerunner of today’s CONEXPO-CON/AGG) held in Columbus, Ohio.


First association convention held in Detroit, Mich.


American Road Makers (ARM) constitution, drafted by Horatio S. Earle, approved February 13 at Cadillac Hotel in New York City.