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ATRI Seeks motor carrier input on detention time impacts

On Nov. 3, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) launched a new data collection effort concerning detention time impacts on industry safety and productivity.  The survey seeks motor carrier input to evaluate the impact that shippers and receivers may have on the industry’s safety and productivity. 

Consumer Confidence rebounds to seven-year high in October

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, which had decreased in September, rebounded in October. The Index now stands at 94.5, up from 89.0 in September. That is the highest level in seven years. Lynn Franco, the Conference Board’s Director of Economic Indicators attributed the rebound to “more favorable assessment of the current job market and business conditions,” in a report released on Oct. 28.   

Classes 5-8 truck orders rise to second highest level ever

Demand for commercial vehicles was robust in October as 67,900 total Classes 5-8 orders were booked, up 50 percent from a year ago, according to an ACT Research report released on Nov. 4. Over the past twelve months, Classes 5-8 net orders have totaled 563,600 units, representing the strongest 12-month period of NA Classes 5-8 order placement since the twelve months ending January 2007.

Construction spending slips in September

Construction spending decreased for the second consecutive month in September as declines in public and private nonresidential construction, as well as multifamily projects, offset growth in single-family homebuilding, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) released on Nov. 3. “These data show that construction gains remain fragmentary and volatile, even though industry employment has been picking up in more states,” said AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson.

Expect delays in issuance of OS/OW permits in California

SC&RA members seeking oversize/overweight permits in California can expect delays in November while remodeling is underway at the Transportation Permits Issuance Branch building. Although the building owner has scheduled much of the work outside normal business hours, some activities such as carpet replacement will impact expected timeframes for issuing oversize/overweight permits. Please note:   

SC&RA succeeds in sponsorship sales

SC&RA members have responded enthusiastically to the 2015 sponsorship program, and only a few opportunities are still available. The Association wishes to thank the following companies that already have made commitments for next year’s sponsorships:

Booth registration opens to past Specialized Transportation Symposium exhibitors

On Nov. 4, SC&RA began accepting registrations from 2014 exhibitors for the 40 booths at the Specialized Transportation Symposium on March 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Exhibit Center traditionally ranks among the most eagerly anticipated activities during the Symposium, scheduled this year for March 3-6 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Ga.

Seven states updated in Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual

SC&RA recently posted updates for seven states for use by subscribers to the online Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual:

OSHA sets meeting of Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will hold a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCCSH) on Dec. 3-4, in Washington, D.C. Workgroups will meet Dec. 3 and the full committee will meet Dec. 4.

ACCSH, established under the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, advises the Secretary of Labor and Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational safety and health on construction standards and policy matters.

Construction jobs increase in 236 of 339 metro areas

Construction employment expanded in 236 metro areas, declined in 53 and was stagnant in 50 between September 2013 and September 2014, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released on Oct. 29 by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). “It is good news that construction employment gains have spread to more than two-thirds of the nation’s metro areas,” said AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson. “But there is a growing risk that contractors in many of these regions will have trouble finding qualified workers to complete the rising volume of projects.”