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SC&RA opposes roundabouts like one being considered in North Dakota

SC&RA is encouraging members to make their voices heard concerning proposed roundabouts, including one being considered in North Dakota on US 52 at the junction of US 281 and ND 200 in Carrington. A public information meeting has been scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at the Carrington City Council Chambers to discuss this matter. Representatives from the North Dakota Department of Transportation and Sambatek--a Minnetoka, Minn.

ATA Truck Tonnage Index rose 0.7 percent in September

The advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index posted on Oct. 20 by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) increased 0.7 percent in September, following a decrease of 0.9 percent during August. In September, the index equaled 135.1 (2000=100), up from 134.1 in August. The all-time high of 135.8 was reached in January 2015.

Compared with September 2014, the SA index increased 3.1 percent, which was above the year-over-year increase of 2.1 percent in August. Year-to-date through September, compared with the same period last year, tonnage was up 3.3 percent.

Construction jobs drop in 144 out of 358 metro area

Construction employment declined in 144 out of 358 metro areas between September 2014 and September 2015, while construction was stagnant in 55 and increased in 159 metro areas, according an analysis of federal employment data released on Oct. 27 by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). Officials at AGC said many contractors are having a hard time finding qualified workers to fill available positions, which may account for the underwhelming employment figures.

Transport Topics reports that Graves to leave as ATA President by end of next year

Bill Graves plans to depart as President of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) at the end of 2016, according to an exclusive article in the Oct. 20 issue of Transport Topics. “It is time “to let someone else bring a renewed sense of energy and different optics and vision to the organization,” he said.

ATA hired Graves in 2001 while he was still serving his second term as Governor of Kansas. He officially became ATA President in January 2002.

SC&RA welcomes seven new members

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Census Bureau asks what happened to all the construction workers

To help determine why many builders and contractors today have reported difficulty finding new workers, the U.S. Census Bureau recently completed a report that examines what happened to construction workers who entered non-employment spells of more than three months during the industry’s downturn from 2006 to 2009:

Exhibitor and attendee registration opens for 2016 Specialized Transportation Symposium

On Nov. 2, SC&RA will begin accepting registrations from 2015 exhibitors for the 44 booths at the 2016 Specialized Transportation Symposium Exhibit Center on Thursday, March 3, from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and from 11:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. The Exhibit Center traditionally ranks among the most eagerly anticipated activities during the Symposium, scheduled this year for March 1-4 at The Peabody, Memphis, Tenn.

House passes three-week transportation bill

On Oct. 27, the House passed a bill, H.R. 3819, that would extend federal transportation spending until Nov. 20. Funding was set to expire on Oct. 29. The bill was approved by voice vote after a brief debate, and the Senate was expected to also pass the temporary highway funding measure to avert an interruption, according to an article posted online by The Hill shortly after the passage.

SC&RA welcomes twelve new members and two returning members

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SC&RA mourns loss of Rob Whaley

Rob Whaley, the Utility Coordination and Permits Section Manager of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), passed away on Oct. 14. As SC&RA’s liaison at MDOT, where he had served for 27 years, he earned a reputation as being very professional, kind, open-minded, and interested in working as a partner with specialized carriers to improve the permitting process in Michigan and the harmonization of permitting with other states.