Trump Adviser Touts Higher Gas Tax to Fund Road Improvements

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One of President Donald Trump’s leading infrastructure advisers has advocated for raising the federal gas tax to generate “tens of billions of dollars” to improve America’s roads, bridges and ports. But the tax increase – an uncharacteristic move for a Republican administration – would likely spark conflict with the GOP, as conservative lawmakers have historically disagreed on whether such a …

New York County, Surety Settle Case Involving Jail Project’s Former Sub

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County lawmakers approved contracting with the state Department of Environmental Conservation for solid-waste disposal at $300,000, a program that began in 1998 when the county closed its regional landfill in exchange for the annual remittances. “This is the second to last year, but we’ll hopefully get it extended,” County Manager Daniel Palmer said of the payments on Tuesday. Tell me …

Construction Group Suit Alleges NY Blocked Information on MWBE Contracts

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A trade group representing the building and highway construction industry is suing the state for allegedly stonewalling its requests for public information regarding contracts awarded to businesses operated by minorities and women, known as MWBEs. A lawsuit filed in state Supreme Court in Albany by the Associated General Contractors claims they have gotten no answers when they sought specifics about …

Lawmaker: More Details Coming for $1T Infrastructure Plan

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More details are expected to emerge on President Trump’s infrastructure plan, which the administration outlined broadly in its budget proposal this week. Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), chairman of Transportation and Infrastructure highways and transit subcommittee, told reporters Thursday he “absolutely” expects to hear more guidance from the White House about Trump’s rebuilding package in the coming weeks. Read the full …

Surety: Bidder Needs Engineer to Qualify for Mo. Project Bond

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The courthouse roof and masonry project remains on hold while the Johnson County Commission waits for the low bidder to produce a performance bond. The county opened bids March 20. Strata Architecture and Preservation architects checked bidder qualifications, materials, references, schedules and tradesmen. Architects Susan Richards Johnson and Trudy Faulkner told commissioners the $647,700 low bid from All Trades Historical …

Widow Expands Construction Firm Through Financial Immersion

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Mary Wyatt can smile about it now. Even laugh about it. About how she didn’t even know how to tighten a hard hat the first time she put one on. About how little she knew about construction just two years ago. No more than dinner-table conversation with her husband John, president of Wyatt General Contractor, LLC at their Vestavia Hills …

City in Oklahoma Plans to Call Contractor’s Bond

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The city of Ada took action last week that could result in a lawsuit against the company that built the Wintersmith Park Music and Movie Venue, over allegations that the completed facility did not meet the city’s specifications. On Monday, the Ada City Council declared the Tulsa-based Timbrel Building Co. in default on its contract and authorized the city to …

AIA Documents Include Insurance, Bond Provisions as Exhibits to Agreements

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The American Institute of Architects’ standardized contract series is widely used across the construction industry, in addition to options from competitors like ConsensusDocs and the Design Build Institute of America. When the AIA issues revisions to its contract documents every 10 years, it garners a good deal of attention, as these changes can impact all project stakeholders.   Tell me …