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Survey shows immediate economic benefits of Act 89

May 19, 2014 by · Comments Off on Survey shows immediate economic benefits of Act 89
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Latham2012webGuest Post By Robert Latham

In overwhelming numbers, Pennsylvania highway contractors are hiring blue-collar workers and will continue to add to those numbers over the next several years, according to a survey by Associated Pennsylvania Constructors.

The APC survey shows that prior to passage of Act 89 (the comprehensive transportation funding bill), the industry was experiencing a substantial decline:

  • 60 percent of highway construction employers had reduced their blue-collar workforce.
  • 63 percent of highway contractors had reduced the number of hours worked by those blue-collar employees who did not lose their jobs.
  • 75 percent of blue-collar wages were either reduced or stayed the same.

However, as a result of the passage of the transportation act:

  • During the next three years, 84 percent of construction employers expect to hire more blue-collar workers.
  • During the next three years, 90 percent of construction employers will increase blue-collar wages.
  • 70 percent of construction employers plan capital investments in equipment, plants, machinery, etc., driving even more private sector jobs.
  • 75 percent of highway construction blue-collar workers earn between $50,000 and $60,000 per year.

It’s important to note that Act 89 will create and support nearly half-again the number of indirect jobs as it creates in the industry itself. And the industry jobs are family-sustaining jobs, the kind that most of us are very concerned about these days, and rightfully so.

Elected officials who supported Act 89 can point to this legislation as a clear victory for working families in the Commonwealth.  Act 89 immediately saved 12,000 jobs, and studies show that when fully implemented, Act 89 will create up to 50,000 jobs, mostly in industries other than highway construction.

 

Associated Pennsylvania Constructors is a trade association of more than 400 members that include contractors, consulting engineers, material suppliers, manufacturers and others with an interest in Pennsylvania’s road and bridge construction industry.  For more information, visit www.paconstructors.org.

 

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PHIA: Latham and Mallory Discuss Act 89

May 12, 2014 by · Comments Off on PHIA: Latham and Mallory Discuss Act 89
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Corbett unveils “Decade of Investment” for transportation

April 3, 2014 by · Comments Off on Corbett unveils “Decade of Investment” for transportation
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Gov. Tom Corbett announced today that PennDOT will invest $2.1 billion in bridge and highway work this year, about $600 million more than would have been available without passage of the Transportation Funding Act last fall.

At a news conference in Harrisburg, Corbett said 250 projects will begin this year directly as a result of the funding act, for a total of more than 900 projects overall.

IMG_1447Echoing themes that the construction industry has been using over the last few years, the governor said the funding plan would create safer roads, bridges and public transportation systems, while saving 12,000 jobs immediately and creating 50,000 more during the next five years. He said 18,000 jobs would be created this year alone.

Some of the higher-profile projects include:

  • Rehabilitating the Birmingham Bridge in Pittsburgh.
  • Rehabilitating the Spring Garden Street Bridge over the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.
  • Resurfacing the Trexlertown bypass in Lehigh County.
  • Resurfacing more than 145 miles of roads in northeastern Pennsylvania.
  • Resurfacing and bridge preservation on the Lock Haven Bypass, in Clinton County.
  • Resurfacing more than 142 miles of roads in northwestern Pennsylvania.

Moreover, the plan will enable PennDOT to remove weight restrictions on more than 100 state and local bridges in 2014. The department had been forced to begin posting weight restrictions last year in the absence of a funding measure. Read more

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PennDOT Continues Strong Lettings

March 3, 2014 by · Comments Off on PennDOT Continues Strong Lettings
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NEW_PENNDOTThe effects of Act 89 continue to spike PennDOT lettings in 2014.   PennDOT bid a little over $89 million in projects in February, bringing the year-to-date total to over $311 million. At this same point in 2013, PennDOT only bid $161.2 million in lettings.

With the recent enactment of the transportation funding bill there is reason to see this trend continue.  Act 89, which will implement a $2.3 billion comprehensive transportation funding plan over the next five years, will result in PennDOT coming close to $2 billion in construction lettings in 2014.  PennDOT finished 2013 with $1.6 billion in lettings. Read more