Doug Oberhelman

Doug Oberhelman, chairman and chief executive officer of Caterpillar Inc., was named the sole recipient of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) highest honor – the “ARTBA Award.” It was presented to Oberhelman Oct. 6 during the association’s national convention, held in Tucson, Ariz. Established in 1960, the “ARTBA Award” recognizes individuals for outstanding contributions that have advanced…

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Transportation Funding Wins Big on Election Day

Preliminary Nov. 3 election results show voters in eight states approved 26 of 37 (70 percent) state or local referendums to increase transportation funding, according to an analysis by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s “Transportation Investment Advocacy Center” (ARTBA-TIAC).

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And Now . . . A Word from Our Founding Fathers

I was taken by a great press release that came from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). They note that on Sept. 17, 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed the historic document they had created. ARTBA is using the 228th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution signing to remind Congress that Article One, Section Eight, makes…

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Zachry Named ARTBA Chairman

David S. Zachry, chief executive officer of Texas-based Zachry Corp., has been elected 2015-2016 chairman by the members of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). The announcement came during the association’s annual National Convention, held Sept. 29-Oct. 1 in Philadelphia. Zachry’s career in the transportation construction industry spans nearly 30 years. In 1996, he was named president of the company’s Civil…

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More Than 61,000 Bridges Need Significant Repair

An analysis of the recently-released 2014 U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) National Bridge Inventory database finds good news and bad news when it comes to the most heavily traveled U.S. bridges. The good news is that there are more than 2,000 fewer structurally deficient structures than there were in 2013. The bad news is that it means more than…

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First Look – December 2014

TOP NEWS AEM, Rock Products Team Up for Conference The educational program at CONEXPO Latin America 2015 will feature a new one-day aggregates conference organized by Rock Products and Mining Media International. 60 Minutes Reports on Infrastructure CBS News program 60 Minutes illustrated in the gravest terms the dire conditions of America’s roads and bridges – and indicted congressional inaction…

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ARTBA Forecasts Modest 2015 Growth

The U.S. transportation construction market will grow 3.1 percent from $185.9 billion in 2014 to $191.7 billion in 2015, according to a forecast released December 3 by American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black. This is slightly above anticipated growth in the overall economy – U.S. Gross Domestic Product is expected to grow between…

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