The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently released a series of technical reports on truck size and weight for peer review and public comment as a major step moving toward the completion of the comprehensive study called for in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). Specifically, MAP-21 directed DOT to study the issues associated with trucks operating within and in excess of current size and weight limits and assess the impacts on safety, pavement and bridge deterioration, enforcement, and shifts to other modes of transport such as rail.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will hold a meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH), June 17-18. in Washington, D.C. The Temporary Workers Work Group will meet June 17 and the full committee will meet June 18.
Construction firms added 17,000 jobs in May and 273,000 over 12 months, as the sector’s unemployment rate fell to 6.7 percent, the lowest May rate since 2006, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) released on June 5. “Construction employers continue to expand headcount as they adjust to growing demand for their services in many parts of the country,” said AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson.
On May 28, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) urged rejection of a truck-only toll scheme proposed by Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo (D) this week. “ATA is very disappointed with Governor Raimondo’s proposal to address Rhode Island’s infrastructure investment deficit solely on the back of the trucking industry,” said ATA President Bill Graves.
Robert Barsalou has announced he will retire as the Weight & Load Engineer of the Province of Ontario, Canada’s Oversize/Overweight Permit Program on June 23 after 19 years on the job. Brad Porter will assume the position on June 8, working with Barsalou for several weeks to help ensure a smooth transition.
The Energy Department announced on May 28 that it has issued a conditional authorization for the Alaska LNG Project, LLC (Alaska LNG) to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries that do not have a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States. Subject to environmental review and final regulatory approval, Alaska LNG, in the Nikiski Area of the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska is authorized to export LNG up to the equivalent of 2.55 billion standard cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of natural gas for a period of 30 years.
The SC&R Foundation recently announced its new officers:
U.S.-North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) freight totaled $96.1 billion in March 2015, according to a report issued on May 28 by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Three out of five transportation modes – air, rail, and truck – carried more U.S.-NAFTA freight than in March 2014. Year-over-year, the value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by all modes decreased by 5.3 percent. The value of NAFTA trade by pipeline and vessel declined in March due to the reduced unit price of mineral fuel shipments.
Construction firms added jobs in 40 states and the District of Columbia between April 2014 and April 2015 and in 30 states and D.C. between March and April, according to an analysis of Labor Department data released on May 27 by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). “The latest data show that construction is growing across most of the country but the gains remain uneven by month and state,” said AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson.