City of Tukwila issues bridge-restriction advisory

The City of Tukwila Department of Public Works is advising the motoring public that the weight restriction for the 42nd Avenue South bridge over the Duwamish River will be reduced for Single Hauling Vehicles (SHVs) with 6 and 7 axles.
Posted on: 11/14/2018

"Hours-of-service" rules don’t work for construction

AGC of America organized a meeting with the administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the agency’s top management team to discuss the need for a construction-industry exemption from hours-of-service (HOS) restrictions.
Posted on: 11/06/2018

AGC opposes PSCAA fuel proposal

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is considering a regional low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS), and AGC is opposed. AGC is joining a coalition of business, agriculture and labor groups in requesting that PSCAA drop its proposal.
Posted on: 11/06/2018

PSRC announces $6.4-billion transportation plan

The Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) recently unveiled a $6.4-billion draft regional Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), with 377 projects underway in the region through 2022.
Posted on: 09/20/2018

Bullet train between Vancouver and Portland?

The prospect of the Pacific Northwest’s largest cities being connected by a train capable of traveling 250 mph or faster received a nudge from the State Legislature as the recently enacted supplemental transportation budget included up to $1.2 million toward a business-case analysis for a high-speed rail line between Vancouver, BC, Seattle and Portland.
Posted on: 03/28/2018

President unveils $200 billion infrastructure plan

On Monday, President Trump unveiled his $200 billion “Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America.”
Posted on: 02/12/2018

MidMountain, Scarsella, KLB, KRCI, West win WSDOT/AGC awards

WSDOT and AGC announced the 2017 Partnership for Excellence in Contract Administration Award winners during the AGC/WSDOT 2018 annual meeting.
Posted on: 01/16/2018

New in 2018: Pay-per-mile pilot study

After several years of study, the Washington State Transportation Commission will test a pay-per-mile tax system called a road usage charge beginning in early 2018. A road usage charge asks drivers to pay for the miles they drive in Washington, rather than by the gallons of gas they use.
Posted on: 12/14/2017

WSDOT proposes 19% DBE goal on FHA-funded projects

WSDOT is proposing a 19 percent overall DBE participation goal on Federal Highway Administration-funded projects for federal fiscal years 2018 through 2020. WSDOT will submit the proposal to FHWA early next year following a public comment period.
Posted on: 11/01/2017

Apply now for AGC/WSDOT Excellence in Contract Administration awards

The awards, presented annually at the AGC/WSDOT annual meeting, recognize and encourage extraordinary achievements by the contractor/WSDOT partnership responsible for delivering transportation projects in a timely, professional and responsive manner while also considering the needs of others who are affected by the project.
Posted on: 07/31/2017

WSDOT using Maximum Funds Available specifications for a few projects

WSDOT has announced that a few projects to be advertised by the end of this year will carry Maximum Funds Available specifications. For these projects bids will be rejected if the bid amounts exceed the specified maximum funds available.
Posted on: 06/05/2017

Transportation budget passes but no agreement yet on operating and capital budgets

While deals on the state’s operating and capital budgets remain elusive, the Legislature has passed the 2017-2019 transportation budget, and on May 16 Gov. Inslee signed it.
Posted on: 05/23/2017

Put down the cell phone when distracted driver law takes effect July 23

Gov. Inslee signed a new distracted-driving law and accelerated its implementation to July 23. The bill as passed by the Legislature had an effective date of Jan. 1, 2019 as sponsors wanted to give police and drivers time to prepare.
Posted on: 05/23/2017

President Trump’s infrastructure plan requires a viable statutory framework

Although we live in a politically-divided nation, there is one issue on which there seems widespread agreement: our country requires a massive upgrade to its infrastructure.
Posted on: 04/24/2017

WSDOT Design-Build report notes progress, recommends improvements

WSDOT is doing many things well when implementing design/build projects but could take steps to improve, according to a recently-completed report prepared for the State’s Joint Transportation Committee (JTC).
Posted on: 11/29/2016

WSDOT proposes mandatory small-business and vet-owned subcontracting goals

WSDOT recently aired a proposal to have fixed small business and Veteran business enforceable contract goals on all solely state funded projects.
Posted on: 09/19/2016

Eyman’s new tack to cut transportation funding

Tim Eyman has filed a whopping 126 initiatives this year, many of which would gut transportation funding.
Posted on: 06/06/2016

AGC supports Brightwater contractor in legal dispute with King County

AGC is supporting Brightwater tunnel contractors Vinci/Parsons RCI/Frontier Kemper JV (VPFK) in a legal dispute with King County. At issue is the long-standing principle that an “implied warranty” comes with an owner-issued plans and specifications, and how it allocates risk on Washington construction projects if following those plans and specifications does not produce the desired or intended result.
Posted on: 04/11/2016

Sound Transit unveils its $50 billion plan

Last week, Sound Transit released its draft Sound Transit 3 (ST3) plan, kicking off a public comment period that will likely conclude with the $50 billion plan on the November ballot in the Sound Transit counties.
Posted on: 03/28/2016

Grand opening for WSDOT's new SR-520 floating bridge

AGC of Washington is a proud sponsor of WSDOT's grand-opening "Go Long" celebration for the new SR-520 floating bridge.
Posted on: 03/28/2016

About $100 million more for highway maintenance and preservation

The State Legislature is currently developing a supplemental transportation budget and current drafts contain some good news.
Posted on: 02/29/2016

Cargo Preference Act applies to FHWA-funded projects

FHWA has interpreted recent changes in the federal Cargo Preference Act as applying to federal-aid highway contracts. The Act, which has been around since 1954, requires that “at least 50 percent of any equipment, materials or commodities” procured with federal funds, and which may be shipped by ocean vessel, must be transported on privately-owned United States-flagged commercial vessels.
Posted on: 02/16/2016

Senate removes Peterson; Gov. appoints Roger Millar as Acting WSDOT Secretary

The State Senate spent Friday, Feb. 8 debating the leadership of Lynn Peterson, the secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation.
Posted on: 02/16/2016

Ram, Lakeside, Atkinson and PCL win WSDOT awards

Nearly 150 people attended the AGC/WSDOT annual meeting on Jan. 7. Attendees heard valuable information about upcoming WSDOT and Sound Transit projects, the workings of the various AGC/WSDOT committees, WSDOT’s project delivery method selection guidance, and the challenges of IMCO’s I-90 and Atkinson’s Puyallup River bridge projects. Also, awards were announced for the Partnership for Excellence in Contract Administration Awards.
Posted on: 01/19/2016

Governor announces mandatory DBE goals for WSDOT contracts

Governor Jay Inslee is implementing mandatory subcontracting goals on WSDOT projects. Specifically, as of January 31, WSDOT will implement a combination of mandatory (18.7%) and aspirational (26%) contract goals for WSDOT construction and design contracts.
Posted on: 01/19/2016