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April 6, 2009
May 19-20, Washington, D.C. The Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) will hold a Fly-In May 19-20 in Washington, D.C.  Under the theme "Transportation Builds Our Economy," the coalition will meet with members of Congress to discuss the importance of transportation infrastructure investment. Congress and the Administration have less than nine months to draft and approve legislation to reauthorize critical highway, bridge, transit and aviation construction programs.  Join the coalition to ensure these issues are front and center in the 111th Congress.
April 3, 2009
The House and Senate have completed action on their versions of the FY 2010 budget resolution, a non-binding blueprint that guides Congressional tax and spending decisions for the upcoming fiscal year. A conference committee will work out the differences in the two resolutions when Congress returns from its two week spring recess but this document does not go to the President for his approval.
April 3, 2009
The White House announced that President Obama will nominate Victor Mendez to serve as the next Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration. Mr. Mendez was a member of former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano's Cabinet serving as the Director of the Arizona Department of Transportation. He joined ADOT in 1985 and was named director in 2001. Mendez served as AASHTO's National President in 2007 and, in 2008, was selected as Leader of the Year in Public Policy in Transportation by the Arizona Capitol Times.
March 27, 2009
Amy Hall, president of Ebony Construction in Sylvania, Ohio presented testified on the need for clarity in implementing regulations for the US DOT's disadvantaged business enterprise program and the work AGC has done to develop industry standard guidance documents over the last three years.  The hearing was held in conjunction with the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee's reauthorization of highway, transit and aviation programs. In response to Ms.
March 27, 2009
House and Senate Budget Committees this week passed their respective budget resolutions providing a non-binding blueprint for FY 2010 federal spending and tax policy.  The House and Senate will consider the resolutions next week, with final passage votes expected by the weekend. Both resolutions provide for level funding for surface transportation programs, but provide room for more spending if sufficient resources are made available in subsequent legislation.
March 25, 2009
The Highway and Transportation Division previewed a new safety product to protect highway workers from job site injuries, which was recently completed by an AGC task force and Zurich. The Highway Worker Safety Program has been underway for two years and is a collaborative product with input from AGC's Highway and Transportation Division, Safety and Health Committee and Zurich. It includes training videos, Power Point presentations and text books for students and instructors.
March 20, 2009
In a letter to the full House of Representatives this week, Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman James Oberstar (D-Minn.) and Highways & Transit Subcommittee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) warned that the Highway Trust Fund is facing a severe revenue shortfall and Congress needs to act quickly to enact new transportation authorization legislation to avoid a dramatic downturn in highway construction.
March 20, 2009
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AGC Highway and Transportation Division Chair Don Weaver, right, with Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) at Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming hearing

March 11, 2009
The National Partnership for Highway Quality (NPHQ) program is in its 17th year and continues to be the only national program that unites public transportation agencies and members of the private highway industry in an effort to promote continuous improvement in the quality of delivered highways in the United States. AGC has served as the Co-Chair of the NPHQ since its inception. This year NPHQ is refocusing its program to identify and more directly promote best practices to assure the quality of delivered highway projects.
March 11, 2009
April 6-10 marks the 10th anniversary of National Work Zone Awareness Week.  The national campaign is conducted every year at the start of the construction season to raise public awareness about the dangers to workers and motorists when safe driving practices are not followed in construction work zones. Each year, approximately 1,000 people are killed in roadway work zones. A National event is planned for Tuesday, April 7 in the Washington, D.C metropolitan area.

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