2019, California, People

CalAPA Hosts Contractors Membership Dinner

On May 14, 38 representatives of the California Asphalt Pavement Association gathered for an evening of networking, education, and outstanding cuisine at the famed Los Angeles steakhouse, the Dal Rae at the association’s first regional dinner of 2019. CalAPA has both a Southern California Paving Contractors Committee and a Northern California Paving Contractors Committee and… Continue reading CalAPA Hosts Contractors Membership Dinner

2019, Alaska, Arizona, Asphalt Pavements, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, People, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Oregon lawmaker introduces bill to raise gas tax, eventually linking it to inflation

Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., Tuesday introduced the Rebuild America Act of 2019, which would incrementally increase the federal gasoline and diesel taxes to invest in America’s infrastructure. The legislation raises the fuels tax by five cents a year over five years, indexes it to inflation, and establishes Congress’ intention to replace it with a more… Continue reading Oregon lawmaker introduces bill to raise gas tax, eventually linking it to inflation

2019, People, Utah

Utah launches new career pathways program aimed at construction industry

The issue of workforce development, particularly in construction, remains a huge challenge for Utah. This article describes a great way the state is approaching the issue to help us in the asphalt industry. In late March, the Governor's Office of Economic Development announced the launch of the Utah Architecture, Engineering and Construction Pathway program as… Continue reading Utah launches new career pathways program aimed at construction industry

2019, Asphalt Pavements, Hawaii, People

Volcano Scientists, National Park Talks Mark Eruption Anniversary

HAWAIʻI ISLAND - Three public presentations will be given by the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. The free events will provide an opportunity for residents to get a retrospective of the volcanic event that began on May 3, 2018.  All three public talks will be held over the coming weeks, providing… Continue reading Volcano Scientists, National Park Talks Mark Eruption Anniversary

2019, Alaska, Asphalt Pavements, People, Safety

Broken Apart, Coming Together

On Nov. 30, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake created significant damage to bridges and roads, including a highly used off-ramp at International Airport Road and Minnesota Drive in Anchorage. Within hours the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities organized a number of contractors to begin repairs to this major junction near the Ted Stevens Anchorage… Continue reading Broken Apart, Coming Together

2019, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, People, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Survey: Recruiting, Retaining New Workers Becoming More Difficult for State Governments

U.S. state governments face growing challenges attracting, building and retaining critically important talent and workforce skills, according to research by the National Association of State Chief Administrators, conducted in collaboration with global consulting company Accenture and human resources provider NEOGOV. According to the report, chief administrators and HR directors find “difficulty attracting new employees” as… Continue reading Survey: Recruiting, Retaining New Workers Becoming More Difficult for State Governments

2019, Hawaii, People

Hawaii DOT Seeking Public Feedback on Potential Switch to RUC Fees

The Hawaii DOT is considering swapping gas tax for road-use charge (RUC).  Is your state considering the same? The Hawaii DOT will be holding 14 community meetings from late March through early May to gather public feedback on whether to implement a road usage charge or RUC to fund the upkeep of roadways and bridges;… Continue reading Hawaii DOT Seeking Public Feedback on Potential Switch to RUC Fees

2019, Asphalt Pavements, Idaho, People

Idaho Transportation Department launches podcast

The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) hopes to expand their outreach among drivers with the launch of their first-ever podcast. ITD says their podcast's initial focus will be on the widening of Interstate 84 in Canyon County. Future podcasts will address traffic switches in the Nampa-to-Caldwell corridor as the construction season kicks into high gear. ITD… Continue reading Idaho Transportation Department launches podcast