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SC&RA to honor world’s best rigging and hauling jobs

SC&RA's Awards Program showcases members' commitment to safety, ingenuity and perseverance. By competing in the Rigging and Hauling Job of the Year Competitions, participants are able to showcase their hard-work and accomplishments which speak volumes to industry government officials, customers and the general public. Winners and even non-winning entries receive coverage in SC&RA’s official magazines – American Cranes & Transport and International Cranes and Specialized Transport.

Deadline for SC&R Foundation Scholarships is January 31

The SC&R Foundation would like to remind members and their families that the deadline for applications for its 2015-2016 Scholarships is Jan. 31. Winners of the scholarships, which typically are $3,000, will be announced in April. Applicants must be:

State of Washington introduces online geospatial trip planner

Washington now offers a geospatial Trip Planner for carriers to plan trips by looking at overcrossing heights along any of its state routes. The Bridge Vertical Clearance Trip Planner allows carriers to enter the height of the load when choosing a highway (one at a time currently), which will indicate any vertical clearance structures. Users can: 

FMCSA releases crash weighting analysis

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released a study on Jan. 21 that examined:

Most construction firms expect growth this year

Eighty percent of construction firms plan to expand their payrolls in 2015 while only 7 percent expect to reduce headcounts according to survey results released on Jan. 21 by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). “Contractors are extremely optimistic about the outlook for 2015,” said AGC CEO Stephen E. Sandherr. “Indeed, if their predictions prove true, industry employment could expand this year by the most in a decade.”

AAA, ATA and U.S. Chamber ask Congress for increased federal fuels tax

On Jan. 26, AAA, the American Trucking Associations, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce wrote to the 114th Congress to ask for full funding for the “roads and bridges that are the backbone of American mobility and competitiveness.”

They said they were committed to improving the nation’s infrastructure system, noting: 

ATRI releases list of top truck freight congestion locations

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) recently released the findings of its 2014 Congestion Impact Analysis of Freight-Significant Highway Locations. The research, which assesses the level of truck-oriented congestion at 250 locations on the national highway system, uses several customized software applications and analysis methods, along with terabytes of data from trucking operations to produce a congestion impact ranking for each location.  The data is also used in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration’s Freight Performance Measures initiative.&nbs

Port of Virginia sets new container volume record

The Port of Virginia in 2014 set its new annual benchmark for container volume, having handled more than 2.3 million Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEUs), a 7.6 percent increase over last year’s total. “In 2014, we moved 169,000 more TEUs than we did in 2013, which until now was our most productive year on record,” said Virginia Port Authority CEO John F. Reinhart. “The growth is significant, but it has created significant challenges as well, especially in service levels for our motor carriers.”

SC&RA requests members’ help on 46K tandem initiative in Tennessee

SC&RA member support is needed to push for legislation in Tennessee that would increase the allowable maximum permitted weight on a tandem axle from 40,000 pounds to 46,000 pounds. The proposal, approved by SC&RA’s Transportation Governing Group and the Permit Policy Committee at the Association’s January Board & Committee Meetings, requires input from all members who move oversize/overweight loads in Tennessee. 

SC&RA refines annual awards program

SC&RA continues to work to improve its comprehensive annual awards program. The awards recognize excellence in the specialized transportation, crane and rigging industry. This year’s changes include:

· the addition of a fourth category to the Rigging Job of the Year Award – Over $2 million

· the creation of a Driver Safety Award, given to drivers with five consecutive years of accident-free driving