ARTBA Foundation Announces Latest Group to Earn Transportation Project Safety Certification

(WASHINGTON)— Forty two additional people have earned the “Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™” (SCTPP) credential, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Foundation announced today.  This is on top of the 70 individuals in the first two classes announced earlier this year. The certification is valid for three years.

Launched in late 2016, the SCTPP program is aimed at the thousands of transportation project workers, supervisors, foremen, inspectors, managers, manufacturers and materials suppliers, designers, equipment operators and owners who could make a huge, industry-wide safety impact by learning core competencies necessary to identify and mitigate potentially life-threatening on-site risks.

“Our goal is to help cause a demonstrable reduction in the number of deaths and injuries that occur on and around transportation project sites each year,” ARTBA President Pete Ruane said.  “We believe we can do that if all of the key decision makers, from project inception through completion, have safety top of mind.  This program identifies and rewards those who have competency in this critical management area.”

The newest “Safety Certified Transportation Project Professionals” are:

  • Joseph Yuhas, technical consultant, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • David Dostaler, corporate HSE director, Kraemer North America, LLC, Castle Rock, Colo.
  • Khanjan Shah, construction project engineer, RK&K, Laurel, Md.
  • Tyler Bradford, senior construction engineer, Parsons, Fresno, Calif.
  • Arthur Emerson, safety director, Bryant Contracting Inc., Toano, Va.
  • Christine Goins, assistant resident engineer, RK&K, Wake Forest, N.C.
  • Billy Laney, safety manager, Wiregrass Construction, Double Springs, Ala.
  • Roger Rister, safety manager, Parsons Construction Group, Crown Point, Ind.
  • John Scurek, safety, health & environmental manager, Parsons, Georgetown, Texas
  • William Tyson, director labor relations, General Contractors Association of New York, New York, N.Y.
  • Harvey Baggett, corporate safety director, J.F. Shea Construction, Inc., Stephens City, Va.
  • Mickey Carr, safety director, Chemung Contracting, Mitchells, Va.
  • Pastor Gonzalez, project administrator, RK&K, Cutler Bay, Fla.
  • Mannie Barnes, construction manager, Atkinson Construction, Kent, Wash.
  • Seth Medwick, department head, HNTB, New York, N.Y.
  • Christopher Gilsdorf, safety engineer, Kraemer North America, Madison, Wis.
  • Christopher Frum, safety manager, Wagman Heavy Civil, Petersburg, Va.
  • Cory Gaye, corporate safety director, Wagman, York, Pa.
  • Chad Stone, EH&S manager, RKHall LLC-Summit Materials, Paris, Texas
  • Jennica Greffe, project manager, Superior Construction, Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Seth Hall, field safety manager, Superior Construction, West Palm Beach, Fla.
  • James Hinkle, lead engineer, MBP, Salem, Va.
  • John Calvin Myers, safety, RK&K, Richmond, Va.
  • Daniel Estry, senior safety supervisor, LANE, Lakeland, Fla.
  • Frank Ortega, safety manager, Superior Construction Company, Orlando, Fla.
  • Michael Scolforo, area safety manager, The Lane Construction Corporation, Lee, Mass.
  • Kenneth Burge, area safety manager, J.D. Abrams, L.P., Santa Fe, Texas
  • Christopher Hughes, project engineer, Ohio Department of Transportation, Delphos, Ohio
  • Thomas Markle, area safety manager, Lane Construction, Windsor, Maine
  • Gregory Nowak, safety representative, J.F. Shea Construction, Valparaiso, Ind.
  • David Sherwood, CEO, Sherwood Construction, Tulsa, Okla.
  • Peter Berrios, safety director SE region, OHL Community Asphalt, Miami, Fla.
  • Justin Hobson, safety director, Talley Construction, Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • Mindy King, EHS, RK Hall, LLC, Texarkana, Ark.
  • Frank Nesbitt, senior safety supervisor, Lane Construction, West Columbia, S.C.
  • Mike Scarborough, senior safety director, Ranger Construction Industries, Inc., West Palm Beach, Fla.
  • Erick Smith, project manager, The Lane Construction Corporation, Shorewood, Ill.
  • Douglas Westervelt, director of safety operations, Crossland Construction Company, Columbus, Kan.
  • Jeff Hanson, vice president, HSE & Risk, United Infrastructure Group, Inc., Great Falls, S.C.
  • Evan Lawrence, project manager, Superior Construction Company, Panama City Beach, Fla.
  • Matthew McMillan, project manager, Kiewit Infrastructure South Co., Peachtree City, Ga.
  • Richard Salcido, EHS manager, The Ashton Company, Tucson, Ariz.


The two-and-a-half hour exam contains up to 120 multiple-choice questions that probe knowledge in: assessing project risks; creating project safety plans; implementing and conducting on-going evaluation of a site-specific operational safety plan; and conducting incident investigations.  It has been designed to meet the rigorous protocols required for accreditation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the International Organization for Standardization ISO/IEC 17024: “Conformity Assessment: General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification of Persons.”

The ARTBA Foundation also said that the eight courses available via its Online Learning Center (OLC) are increasingly being utilized to help people prep for the exam.

Additional information about the SCTPP credential and the OLC can be accessed at:

The ARTBA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entity established in 1985, supports a wide portfolio of research, education and public awareness programs and activities aimed at highlighting the importance of U.S. transportation investment.



ARTBA Announces 2017 Division Award Winners

(WASHINGTON)—The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Sept. 21 recognized transportation design and construction industry leaders with division awards.

The association announced the following honorees:

Nello L. Teer, Jr.: Bob Burleson, president, Florida Transportation Builders’ Association, Tallahassee, Fla.

Created in 1988 as a tribute to contractor and Past ARTBA Chairman (1959-61) Nello L. Teer, Jr., this award honors a member who has made outstanding contributions to the association’s Contractors Division and the transportation construction industry.

Guy Kelcey:  David Harwood, senior vice president, Terracon Consultants, Olathe, Kan.

The award, which honors Guy Kelcey, one of the Planning & Design (P&D) Division’s organizers, is given each year to an ARTBA member who has exhibited a high degree of service to the association’s P&D Division.

Paul F. Phelan Memorial: Jeff Sterner, president & chief operating officer, High Industries Inc., Lancaster, Pa.  

Established in 1971, this award is given annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to the ARTBA Materials and Services Division and the transportation construction industry as a whole.

John “Jake” Landen Memorial Highway Safety: John A. Barton (public sector), associate vice chancellor at Texas A&M’s RELLIS Education and Research Campus in College Station, Texas, and retired deputy director for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT); and Tim Cox (private sector), consultant with Cox Transportation Safety/PSS, Lees Summit, Mo.

Established in 1989 in memory of Traffic Safety Industry Division leader and Past ARTBA Chairman (1976) J.C. Landen, this annual award recognizes outstanding contributions to highway safety.

Earlier this year, ARTBA presented Dr. Joseph L. Schofer, associate dean and professor of civil and environmental engineering at Northwestern University with the S.S. Steinberg award, created in honor of S.S. Steinberg, the founding president of the Research and Education Division. The award recognizes an individual who has made remarkable contributions to transportation education.

Established in 1902, ARTBA represents the U.S. transportation design and construction industry in the Nation’s Capital.


ARTBA Announces 2017-18 Officers During Annual Business Meeting of Members

(WASHINGTON)— The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) announced the election of its 2017-2018 officers during an annual business meeting of members on Sept. 19.

They include:

  • Chairman: Matt Cummings, executive vice president, AECOM, Philadelphia
  • Senior Vice Chairman: Bob Alger, president & CEO, Lane Industries, Cheshire, Conn.
  • First Vice Chairman: Steve McGough, president and chief financial officer, HCSS, Sugarland, Texas
  • Northeastern Region Vice Chairman: David Harwood, senior vice president, Terracon, Olathe, Kansas
  • Southern Region Vice Chairman: Jeff Nelson, president, David Nelson Construction Co., Palm Harbor, Fla.
  • Western Region Vice Chairman: Jeff Clyde, president, W.W. Clyde & Company, Springville, Utah
  • Central Region Vice Chairman: Jim Fehsenfeld, Heritage Construction & Materials, Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Vice Chairman At-Large: Ward Nye, president and CEO of Martin Marietta Materials, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Vice Chairman At-Large: Randy Lake, CEO, Oldcastle Materials, Inc., Atlanta, Ga.
  • Vice Chairman At-Large: Rob Charter, group president, Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Ill.
  • Vice Chairman At-Large: Melissa Tooley, director, Southwest University Transportation Center, Texas A&M Transportation Institute in College Station
  • Vice Chairman At-Large: Tim Duit, president, Duit Construction, Edmond, Okla.
  • Vice Chairman At-Large: Don Graul, president, Parsons Construction Group, Westminster, Colo.
  • Treasurer: Tom Hill, president and CEO, Summit Materials, LLC, Denver, Colo.
  • Secretary: Pete Ruane, president and CEO, ARTBA, Washington, D.C.


Established in 1902, ARTBA represents the U.S. transportation design and construction industry in Washington, D.C.


A. Morton Thomas, Lea & Elliot Executives, ITR Concession Company & Two College Students Honored with ARTBA’s Women Leaders Awards

(WASHINGTON)—The American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF) honored executives from A. Morton Thomas and Associates, Inc. and Lea & Elliot, Inc., the Indiana Toll Road (ITR) Concession Company, and students from the University of Florida and the University of Colorado with “Women Leaders in Transportation Design & Construction” awards.


The association made the announcement Sept. 20. Winners were announced in three categories:


Ethel S. Birchland Lifetime Achievement Award

This award is named after ARTBA’s executive director from the mid-1920s, and is given to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, long-term service in the industry’s public or private sectors and dedication to the advancement of innovation and other women leaders.

Murphy Tuomey, A. Morton Thomas and Associates, Inc.

As principal, board member and senior vice president with more than 30 years of leadership experience, Murphy Tuomey manages the firm’s national operations and its construction inspection and management practice. She has overseen work and staff on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge between Virginia and Maryland, and Virginia’s I-495/95 project. Tuomey is an OSHA compliance expert and OSHA outreach trainer, making her a leader in the field of construction safety. She also established the firm’s Civil Rights Compliance and Reporting practice. Tuomey is a leader in a number of industry groups, and is a Fellow with the Society of American Military Engineers.

Diane Woodend Jones, Lea & Elliot, Inc.

As the firm’s board chair, Diane Woodend Jones is committed to promoting equity and equal access to opportunity for women from diverse cultures, backgrounds, education and interests. Over the past 25 years at the firm, she has led numerous infrastructure projects in the transportation and aviation sectors. As chair of the Women’s Transportation Seminar’s (WTS) International Board of Directors, she helped propel the 7,000-member, 60-chapter organization to all-time engagement and membership highs.  She also expanded the WTS leadership program for mid-career and senior women professionals looking to advance in the transportation industry. Woodend Jones serves as trustee on the Mineta Transportation Institute Board, sits on the Eno Center for Transportation Board of Advisors, and is vice chair of the University of Texas and Arlington’s College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs advisory board, where she delivered a 2016 commencement address on diversity, volunteering and mentoring.


The Glass Hammer Award

This award honors companies in the transportation construction industry that have innovative programs and activities directed at successfully promoting women leaders within their organization.

ITR Concession Company LLC

Through efforts to continually improve diversity, ITRCC has promoted numerous women into management positions, where they currently comprise 60 percent of senior management. This year, the firm promoted its first woman executive committee member in its history. The company requires all contractors and third party vendors to participate in setting a percentage of all money spent on Women Business Enterprise. Through those procurement requirements, $2.55 million has been spent with women-owned businesses. Internal fundraising initiatives have also generated financial support for two shelters for abused women and children.


 Future Industry Leader Spotlight Award

This award recognized students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate studies at a U.S. college or university who have achieved an outstanding academic record and demonstrated extraordinary leadership skills within and outside of the academic environment.

Deja Jackson, University of Florida

Deja Jackson is pursuing a doctorate in civil engineering, only the third African American woman in the department to do so and the first to specialize in transportation. She is minoring in urban and regional planning as a graduate student and working on a graduate certificate in engineering entrepreneurship. Her research focuses on applying analytical methods to address transportation safety on the nation’s roadways. During a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) internship, Jackson was the first to analyze the agency’s motorcycle crash causation studies, identifying opportunities to apply intelligent transportation systems and connected vehicle technology to improve motorcycle safety. Jackson aims to contribute to meaningful research that will impact our nation’s transportation system and reduce the number of lives lost, and hopes to one day serve as secretary of transportation for a state, or even the country.

Laura Parsons, University of Colorado

Laura Parsons, a recent graduate of the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, plans to pursue a master’s degree in urban and regional planning or public policy and administration, to address how infrastructure can provide vulnerable communities access to resources and spur economic growth. While in school, she has worked for both city and state government and is committed to “enhancing quality of transit for everyone using Colorado infrastructure.” Parsons’ research comparing cities nationwide with similar population density to Colorado Springs helped incorporate a city master plan on bicycle ridership. During an internship at the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Parsons made public presentations about process improvement and change management to the city and county of Boulder, the American Society for Quality and the Project Management Institute.

Since 1985, the ARTBA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entity, has worked to “promote research, education and public awareness” about the impacts of transportation investment. The Foundation supports an array of initiatives, including educational scholarships, awards, professional development academies, a transportation project safety certification program, roadway work zone safety and training programs, special economic reports and an exhibition on transportation at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.



AECOM Executive Vice President Matt Cummings Elected 2017-2018 ARTBA Chairman

(WASHINGTON)—Matthew (Matt) G. Cummings, a Philadelphia-based executive vice president with global infrastructure company AECOM, has been elected 2017-2018 American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) chairman. The association made the announcement Sept. 19.

Cummings’ career in the transportation construction industry spans 30 years, including 23 years at AECOM. A registered professional engineer in multiple states, he currently leads the firm’s $2 billion transportation business in the Americas, a position he has held since 2014. He is responsible for this business segment’s strategy, growth and financial performance.

Cummings has been a project executive or project manager on a variety of U.S. and international transportation projects, including leading AECOM’s civil infrastructure business in Doha, Qatar, where he was responsible for a $10 billion project portfolio.

His roster of ARTBA volunteer leadership positions includes: senior vice chairman, first vice chairman, Surface Transportation Advisory Council chairman, Planning & Design Division president, ARTBA chair of the AASHTO/AGC/ARTBA Joint Committee, ARTBA Foundation Trustee, and a member of the Strategic Planning Committee and Project 2019 Task Force.  Cummings is also a 2004 graduate of the Young Executive Development Program (YEDP), known today at the Industry Leader Development Program (ILDP).  This program helps develop the next generation of association and industry leaders.

He’s also active in industry groups at the state level, including serving as the 2016-17 president of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Pennsylvania chapter, and a director on the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors (APC) board from 2009 to the present.

Cummings outlined his agenda for the coming year during an annual business meeting of members.

“Most importantly, ARTBA will remain laser-focused on its core mission of ensuring a long-term Highway Trust Fund fix that provides the necessary revenue to help gain future market stability and significant market growth,” Cummings said.

The association will also continue to advocate before Congress and the Trump administration for passage of a major transportation infrastructure plan with special emphasis on new investments in the National Highway Freight Network.

Cummings pledged to push for passage of a multi-year aviation program bill that ensures market growth through increased Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding and a higher cap on Passenger Facility Charges (PFCs).

ARTBA will continue to work to build a federal regulatory environment conducive to more efficient and safe project delivery, Cummings added.

Cummings said he would personally focus on expanding the number of firms and organizations supporting the “Transportation Makes America Work” lobbying and advocacy communications program to help ensure the industry has the necessary financial resources to achieve its legislative and regulatory goals.

In the safety arena, there are two key initiatives on the agenda.

“Safety training and education have always been core ARTBA competencies,” according to Cummings.  “We will be launching a new Transportation Construction Safety Center to serve as the consolidated home for the many value-added safety services that are available for all industry firms and executives.”

The second key safety priority is to ensure continued recognition and growth of the “Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals” (SCTPP) program in its second year by earning American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accreditation.  Cummings will spearhead efforts to promote safety training and certification within the planning and design sector.  To support this initiative, ARTBA will work to incorporate ARTBA’s Online Learning Center (OLC) safety courses into corporate Learning Management Systems of engineering firms.  ARTBA’s OLC courses have recently been approved for Professional Engineers’ Continuing Education (CE) units in Florida, New York and North Carolina.

Finally, Cummings highlighted his plans to engage ARTBA officers and directors, the Industry Leader Development Council, and the Women Leaders Council to increase “peer-to-peer” membership development outreach. This initiative will target key firms and potential new chapters, and greater leverage programs aimed at developing the industry’s workforce.

Cummings, his wife Susan, and their two children live in suburban Philadelphia.

Watch a video about Cummings on ARTBA’s YouTube Channel.

Established in 1902, Washington, D.C.-based ARTBA is the “consensus voice” of the U.S. transportation design and construction industry before Congress, federal agencies, the White House, news media and the general public.



FHWA Decision on Highway Safety Equipment Cost Recovery Will Improve Safety & Promote Innovation, ARTBA Says

A Sept. 8 Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) decision will improve safety for workers and motorists, and encourage competition and innovation in both the public and private sectors by allowing funding for new classes of construction and safety equipment, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) said.

The agency issued a guidance memorandum that details how states can recoup the cost of acquiring highway safety equipment as a direct charge on federal-aid projects, provided certain conditions are met.

The decision is a win for ARTBA members and others in the transportation construction industry whose equipment was previously ineligible due to its ability to be used long-term, on multiple projects.

Up-front equipment acquisition costs are now eligible for use of certain federal highway funding categories if states provide “sufficient documentation supporting a federal highway or transportation interest,” the FHWA memo says. In part, the equipment must have a useful life of more than one year and a per-unit acquisition cost that equals or exceeds the lesser of the capitalization level.  Also, each equipment purchase must meet the specific requirements tied to the program from which funds are drawn.  States may use National Highway Performance Program, Surface Transportation Block Grant Program Project, or Highway Safety Improvement Program funds for this purpose.

Last year, ARTBA asked FHWA to clarify its position on whether state transportation departments can use federal-aid highway funds to purchase movable safety barriers. Movable concrete, steel and other highly mobile barriers are proven to be extremely effective in providing positive separation between workers and traffic, a federal goal articulated by Congress in surface transportation program law and strongly supported by the industry.

ARTBA President & CEO Pete Ruane expressed concern in his April 27, 2016, letter to the agency that clarification was needed to allow “the use of this innovative, life-saving product class on federal-aid highway projects across the nation.” The new policy represents a significant step forward in addressing those concerns.

Established in 1902, Washington, D.C.-based ARTBA represents the U.S. transportation construction industry before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, courts, news media and the general public.


ARTBA Takes Legal Action on Maryland Purple Line Transit Project

 Amicus Brief Cites Potential Negative Environmental & P3 Precedents

(WASHINGTON)—The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Aug. 23 told a federal appeals court that a lower court ruling blocking the Maryland Purple Line is an abuse of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and poses risks for the future of similar public-private partnerships (P3s) on transportation improvement projects.

The 16-mile Purple Line light-rail project between Bethesda and New Carrolton, Maryland, is one of the nation’s largest P3 transit projects.  While expected to secure $900 million in federal funding, the project has been mired in litigation since 2014 by anti-growth opponents.

In August 2016, a lower court halted construction saying the Federal Transit Administration failed to consider declining ridership on the Washington, D.C. Metro system.  Both the federal government and the state of Maryland appealed the decision contending that there was no obligation under NEPA to consider ridership on the Metro system.

In an amicus brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia circuit, ARTBA said the lower court ruling could have negative impacts and set bad precedents on the environment and the ability of other states to move forward on P3s.  Such impacts, ARTBA warned, could jeopardize renewed bipartisan congressional focus on the nation’s infrastructure, which the association notes is “in disrepair and in desperate need of substantial upgrades.”  It could also undercut the efforts of the current Administration, like others before it, to improve the timeliness of the environmental review process, ARTBA said.

“If plaintiffs or courts can upend the culmination of the onerous NEPA process for economic or policy reasons having nothing to do with the environment, the ensuing uncertainty and delay would discourage public and private investment needed to rebuild and improve the country’s transportation infrastructure.  These concerns are particularly heightened for P3s, which are central to modern infrastructure financing and development,” the ARTBA brief argued.

Particularly for P3s, the ARTBA brief noted that the district court’s ruling “injects new delay and litigation risks, thereby stifling the growth of this key financing mechanism to leverage and combine governmental and private dollars and responsibilities to meet the nation’s exigent transportation needs.”  Specifically, the brief noted a single month of delay can increase a project’s costs by 1.5 percent – a significant amount for the more than $2 billion in construction costs associated with the Purple Line.

In asking for the district court ruling to be reversed, the association’s brief concluded: “The public and private parties engaged in Maryland’s Purple Line have expended many years, millions of dollars, and enormous energy into a legislated P3 that serves as a model for financing, building, and operating future transit projects nationwide. The desperately needed Purple Line is being challenged by a parochial few in Chevy Chase, the location of just one of the Purple Line’s 21 stations knitting together communities along 16 miles between Bethesda and New Carrollton. That obstruction and delay have been sustained by lower court rulings that completely misconstrue NEPA’s fundamental purpose and requirements.”

Submission of briefs in the case is expected to conclude Sept. 29.  No date has been set for oral arguments.

Read the full text of ARTBA’s legal brief (link)

Established in 1902, Washington, D.C.-based ARTBA represents the U.S. transportation construction industry before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, courts, news media and the general public.



What Has Happened with U.S. Bridges in the 10 Years Since the Minneapolis I-35W Bridge Collapse? A New Analysis Provides Some Answers

The I-35W Saint Anthony Falls Bridge replaced the I-35W Mississippi River bridge after its tragic collapse.

(WASHINGTON)—August 1 marks the 10th anniversary of the I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis. The bridge was classified as “structurally deficient” and was undergoing repair at the time.

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) has looked at federal government data to see what progress has been made in repairing the nation’s bridges in the decade since the collapse.

States have devoted significant resources to bridge work, ARTBA says. The value of bridge construction increased 39 percent, from $23.2 billion in 2007 to $32.3 billion in 2016, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. During the same time period, highway and street construction activity increased just 8 percent, from $54.6 billion to $59.2 billion.

Despite the ramp up in investment, it has not been enough to keep up with the nation’s bridge needs.

In 2016, there were 55,710 structurally compromised bridges, a 24.5 percent reduction compared to the 73,817 back in 2007, according to ARTBA’s analysis of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Bridge Inventory database.

At current pace, it would take more than three decades to replace or repair all of them, according to ARTBA Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black, who conducted the analysis.

A long-term infrastructure package from Congress and a permanent revenue solution to the Highway Trust Fund would help states make greater progress on fixing the nation’s deteriorating bridges, Black says. Federal investment supports over half of all state highway and bridge construction programs.

The challenges will only continue to grow in the future. The average age of a structurally deficient bridge in the U.S. is 67 years, compared to 39 years for non-deficient bridges. In 2007, the average age of a structurally deficient bridge was 60 years, compared to 34 years for non-deficient.

To help ensure public safety, bridge decks and support structures are regularly inspected for deterioration and remedial action. They are rated on a scale of zero to nine—with nine meaning the bridge is in “excellent” condition. A bridge is classified as structurally deficient and in need of repair if the rating for a key component is four or below.

While these bridges may not be imminently unsafe, they are in need of attention.

The states with the biggest decrease in the number of structurally deficient bridges in the last 10 years: Oklahoma (2,458), California (1,861), Pennsylvania (1,466), Texas (1,350), Missouri (1,282), Mississippi, (1,010), Ohio (1,008), Kansas (856), Alabama (712) and Indiana (536).

States with an increased number of deficient bridges include: West Virginia (174), Idaho (52), Arizona (27), Delaware (22) and Rhode Island (21).

Established in 1902, Washington, D.C.-based ARTBA represents the U.S. transportation design and construction industry before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, news media and the general public.

Editor’s Note: Here’s a link to the ARTBA analysis.

State & Local Advocates Share Best Practices for Boosting Transportation Funding at Annual Workshop

(WASHINGTON)— More than 130 transportation design and construction professionals, chamber of commerce executives, and officials with better roads group and state transportation agencies from 36 states came together July 12 in the Nation’s Capital to share best practices for advancing transportation funding legislation and ballot initiatives during the 4th Annual National Workshop for State & Local Transportation Advocates.

The gathering was hosted by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) Transportation Investment Advocacy Center™ (TIAC).  It featured a state legislator panel of transportation or finance committee members who discussed strategies and political challenges for funding roads, bridges and other infrastructure, including: Louisiana Rep. Kenneth Havard (R-District 62), Montana State Rep. Frank Garner (R-District 7), Oregon State Rep. Brad Witt (D-District 31) and Tennessee Senate Speaker Pro Tem Jim Tracy (R-District 16).

Anthony Attanasio, executive director of the Utility and Transportation Contractors Association of New Jersey, Michael Quigley, executive director of the California Alliance for Jobs, Dennis Faulkenberg, president of Appian, an Indiana-based advocacy group, and Jordon Marsh, vice president of South Carolina Alliance to Fix Our Roads, all highlighted how they were able to increase funding in their respective states.

Dr. Alison Premo Black, ARTBA’s chief economist, provided an overview of state legislative and ballot action over the past three years, including updates on the six states to pass gas tax increases in 2017, and lessons learned from past transportation funding increases.

In other sessions, panelists shared campaign strategies, tactics, messaging, opinion and economic research, legislative and ballot language, and “what’s worked and what hasn’t” in their state or local community in order to help other advocates meet their objectives.

The program also included the annual meeting of the “Transportation Investment Advocates Council™” – a national network of more than 70 construction and better roads professionals, chamber of commerce executives, and public officials who share an interest in building support for infrastructure investments locally.

TIAC, established in 2014, is an internet-based educational platform that features detailed reports, analyses and more than 50 case studies of recent transportation funding campaigns mounted in numerous states. It includes television, radio and print ads, polling, an overview of state and local funding and finance mechanisms, and an ongoing blog detailing new developments across the nation.

Learn more at

TIAC operations are supported by ARTBA’s “Transportation Makes America Work” program.

Established in 1902 and based in Washington, D.C., ARTBA is the “consensus voice” of the U.S. transportation design and construction industry before Congress, federal agencies, the White House, news media and the general public.


Florida I-595 Corridor Improvements Project & Colorado DOT’s David Spector Honored with National Public-Private Partnership (P3) Awards

ARTBA hosts the 2017 P3s in Transportation Conference, on Thursday, July 13, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Leslie E. Kossoff/LK Photos)

(WASHINGTON)— The I-595 Corridor Improvements Project in Florida and David Spector, director of the Colorado High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE), have been recognized as models of excellence in innovative transportation financing by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).

The awards were presented July 13 in two categories during ARTBA’s 29th Annual Public Private Partnerships (P3s) in Transportation Conference, held in the Nation’s Capital.

P3 Entrepreneur of the Year: David Spector.

This award is given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the forward progress of P3s in the U.S. transportation industry.

The HPTE is a division of the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) that uses P3s, tolled managed lanes, and other innovative methods to finance and improve the state’s surface transportation infrastructure. Spector’s career has been focused on providing strategic direction and advice on high-profile public-private infrastructure projects. While at HPTE, he has been featured at P3-related conferences and is a resource to other state and local governments seeking to learn more about these initiatives. In the next year, Spector will be leading HPTE’s efforts working with academic institutions to educate state and local elected officials, governments considering P3s, and other stakeholders about the realities, myths and implementation of P3s, to help them understand how they can be used for a variety of infrastructure needs.

Spector has been a leader for the advancement of P3s for both CDOT and other public agencies. He oversaw the completion of the U.S. 36 Express Lanes P3 project, which ARTBA named 2016 P3 Project of the Year, and is currently in the midst of the procurement for the Central 70 Project.  He also led HPTE through several organizational and structural changes, aligning operations more clearly with CDOT’s strategic goals, including the focus of its role as toll operator of Express Lanes, and integrating with other divisions within CDOT. He has refined several business rules, including establishing a PR Procurement Management Manual so that current and future P3 projects will benefit from clear and consistent internal and external processes. In the process, HPTE has evolved from a start-up P3 delivery organization to an established business which can serve as a model for other agencies as they endeavor to enter or grow their own programs.

P3 Project of the Year: I-595 Corridor Improvements in Florida.

The award annually spotlights a project that demonstrates the value P3s bring to U.S. transportation development.

The I-595 Corridor Improvements is the state’s largest transportation project and also its first P3. I-595 is part of Florida’s Strategic Intermodal System that serves the major east-west link in Broward County. Since the mainline opening in 1989, I-595 endured a steady increase in traffic volume that led to congestion. To ensure sufficient capacity, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and its team developed several improvements to help sustain the region’s growth, including reconstructing and widening the Turnpike, improvements and modifications to nine interchanges, and reversible express lanes that are tolled at varying rates throughout the day. The improvements were successfully completed on time while minimizing disruptions of the 200,000 vehicles traveling the corridor daily.

The $1.8 billion deal reached financial close in March 2009, also making it the first in the U.S. transportation sector to use an availability payment compensation structure, helping to pave the way for future P3 projects in Florida and the U.S. The design, build, finance, operate, and maintain (DBFOM) project opened to traffic in March 2014 and epitomizes the benefits of P3s by advancing much needed transportation improvements and allowing private financing to make up the state’s funding shortfall that could have delayed work by 20 years or more. The project team included FDOT, RS&H, Nossaman LLP, Interstate 595 Express, Dragados USA, ACS Infrastructure Development, Inc., and AECOM.

For nearly three decades, ARTBA’s P3 conference has been the private infrastructure investment community’s premier opportunity to connect with hundreds of key decision makers, project sponsors, private sector finance executives, consortium leaders and officials from all levels of government.