1902 - American Road Makers (ARM) constitution, drafted by Horatio S. Earle,approved February 13 at Cadillac Hotel in New York City.
1903 - First association convention held in Detroit, Mich.
1910 - Name changed to American Road Builders Association (ARBA).
1915 - ARBA sponsors first “Pan American Good Roads Conference.”
1916 - ARBA successfully pushes first Federal-Aid Road Act.
1923 - Association launches member magazine (today’s “Transportation Builder”).
1927 - ARBA-American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO) Joint Committee established.
1934 - ARBA-supported Hayden-Cartwright Act is signed into law authorizing $200 million for highway projects.
1940 - Annual convention & “Road Show” in Chicago attracts 47,500.
1942 - ARBA helps form “The Road Gang” in Washington, D.C.
1945 - ARBA member Harry S. Truman elected U.S. President.
1948 - Record 300,000 attend ARBA “Road Show” in Chicago, Ill.
1956 - ARBA founder Earle’s vision of Interstate Highway Construction Program and the federal Highway Trust Fund established by law.
1966 - ARBA-advocated cabinet-level U.S. Department of Transportation created.
1968 - ARBA & CIMA create The Road Information Program (TRIP), headquartered in ARBA office.
1970 - ARBA-pushed federal Airport Trust Fund established.
1976 - ARBA-proposed federal 4-R bridge programs enacted.
1977 - Name changed to American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). Transportation Officials Division established.
1979 - ARTBA Political Action Committee (PAC) started. Traffic Safety Industry Division established.
1982 - ARTBA successfully pushes first federal gas tax increase for road construction in 23 years.
1985 - ARTBA holds first-ever National Conference on Highway Work Zone Safety in Washington, D.C. ARTBA Transportation Development Foundation (TDF) established.
1986 - ARTBA Washington, D.C., event celebrates 30th anniversary of Interstate Highway Program.
1989 - “Washington Update” fax service established. ARTBA organizes $1.5 million “Building a Better America Through Transportation Construction Campaign” to push for
1990 - Public Private Ventures in Transportation Division established.
1991 - ARTBA-pushed highway/transit program bill (ISTEA) signed into law by President George H.W. Bush.
1993 - ARTBA files first environmental lawsuit to protect industry market interests.
1994 - ARTBA Industry Advancement Fund (IAF) created. ARTBA launches InfoStructure OnlineTM electronic bulletin board.
1995 - ARTBA successfully pushes enactment of National Highway System Designation Act. ARTBA initiates Alliance for Truth in Transportation Budgeting. ARTBA-TDF creates
1996 - ARTBA initiates Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC).
1997 - “Washington Newsline” established. ARTBA flagship website (www.artba.org) launched. ARTBA and Federal Highway Administration establish first-everNational Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse.
1998 - ARTBA-led coalitions successfully push record $218 billion federal highway/transit programbill (TEA-21) signed into law by President Bill Clinton. ARTBA “PRIDE
1999 - ARTBA-TDF creates first-ever Lanford Family Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship Program.
2000 - ARTBA-led coalition secures passage of federal aviation bill (AIR-21), increasingfederal airport capital investment by more than 60%. It’s signed into
2001 - ARTBA holds first-ever International Conference on Roadway Work Zone Safety.
2002 - ARTBA celebrates 100th anniversary in New York City and Washington, D.C.
2003 - ARTBA-led coalition successfully advocates for passage of aviation investment bill (VISION-100)that’s signed into law by President George W. Bush.
2004 - ARTBA plays a key leadership role in helping secure long-time industry goal of ethanol tax reform,which results in an additional
2005 - ARTBA-pushed highway/transit program bill (SAFETEA-LU) signed into law by President George W. Bush.
2006 - ARTBA celebrates 50th anniversary of the Interstate Highway Program in Washington, D.C.with a gala dinner featuring General Colin Powell.
2007 - ARTBA hosts National Traffic Management & Work Zone Safety Conference atIntertraffic North America in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
2009 - President Barack Obama signs the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act, which providesan extra $48 billion over two years for transportation
2010 - ARTBA-TDF unveils Transportation Development Hall of Fame.
2011 - ARTBA launches first-ever Dr. J. Don Brock TransOvation™ Workshop, an interactive event aimed at fostering industry innovation.
2012 - The 27-month long highway/transit investment bill (MAP-21) signed into law by President Barack Obama.ARTBA hosts first-ever “Local Transportation Management Virtual
2013 - ARTBA hosts milestone 25th Annual National Public-Private Partnerships (P3) in Transportation Conference.
2014 - ARTBA launches Transportation Investment Advocacy Center™.ARTBA hosts inaugural National Workshop for State & Local Transportation Advocates.ARTBA rolls out first-ever all-digital
2015 - A five-year highway/transit investment bill (FAST Act) is signed into law by President Barack Obama.ARTBA-TDF’s Young Executive Development Program is
2016 - ARTBA-TDF Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™ program launched.
2017 - ARTBA marks 115th anniversary of service to the U.S. transportation design and construction industry.