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AASHTO Board urges Congress to quickly ensure Highway Trust Fund solvency

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Board of Directors passed a resolution on May 30 that calls upon Congress to ensure the solvency of the nation's Highway Trust Fund this summer, before the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is forced to begin delaying reimbursements to states for transportation work underway.

Republicans want Postal Service to deliver on road improvements

Some Republicans in Congress have begun looking at the U.S. Postal Service as a source of income for the Highway Trust Fund, according to an article in the May 28 issue of BusinessWeek. Fuel taxes dedicated to the Highway Trust Fund have been falling short since 2008 because Americans are driving fewer miles and using more fuel-efficient vehicles. In the past, Congress has bailed out the Highway Trust Fund with money from the U.S. Treasury’s general fund.

SC&RA offers Workshop Exhibit Center booths to past exhibitors

On May 27, SC&RA began accepting registrations from 2013 exhibitors for the 80 booths at the Crane & Rigging Workshop Exhibit Center on Sept. 25. The Exhibit Center traditionally ranks among the most eagerly anticipated activities during the Workshop, scheduled this year for Sept. 24-26, at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel, Dallas, Texas.

Anderson Trucking contributes $25,000 for Foundation Grants

The SC&R Foundation has received a generous donation of $25,000 from Anderson Trucking Service, Inc. to fund a Corporate Named Grant. Plans call for funding of $5,000 in grants annually, beginning in 2015. Foundation’s grants are dedicated to those wishing to further their careers through continuing education courses or a vocational/technical college programs. Among the many possibilities are driving classes to obtain a commercial driver’s license or welding classes.

SC&RA issues awards for Project Safety and Crane Rental Service Safety

In recent months, SC&RA has issued five Crane & Rigging Project Safety Awards. These awards salute the bond that grows from the mutual efforts of SC&RA company members and their clients to ensure that safety truly comes first. Projects with zero recordable injuries/illnesses are eligible.

Members personally present the award to their client. The following  companies submitted award-winning projects:

SC&RA welcomes three new members

Please join SC&RA in welcoming the following new members:

Corrigan Air & Sea Cargo: Richard W. Nagrocki
6170 Middlebelt Rd.
Romulus, MI 48174
Phone: (734) 595-6990 Fax: (734) 595-4018
Services: Transportation, Crane & Rigging, International

Intec Contractors S De RL De CV: Hector Horland Saucedo Sierra
Teruel #445, Portal De Aragon
Phone: (844) 2858562
Services: Crane & Rigging, Millwrighting, International

DOT physicals must now be performed by Certified Medical Examiners

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is reminding interstate truck and bus drivers that all new USDOT physicals must now be performed by a qualified health professional listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, which is available by clicking here. The change went into effect on May 21.  

Pennsylvania to increase permit fees

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has announced a new fee structure will be enacted July 1 for all types of permits, ranging from single trip/overdimensional, overweight, to annuals and seasonal permits. Any increases in fees  appear to be modest and it’s worth noting this is the first change in the fee structure in over 20 years.

Wind projects advance worldwide

Recent editions of Wind Energy SmartBrief include several items of interest to SC&RA members involved with the hauling, erection and maintenance of wind farms:

Contraction in Architectural Billing Index continues

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has reverted into negative territory for the last two months. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. On May 21, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the April ABI score was 49.6, up slightly from a mark of 48.8 in March. This score reflects a decrease in design activity (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings).