An ADOSH presentation regarding respirable crystalline silica is now available, to help educate construction industry members regarding this federal rule and its implications in Arizona.
Please check the Pima County Procurement website on Thursday, June 7, 2018 for an anticipated bid package to be released. This project is located in Pima County Districts 1, 3, and 4 and consists of various neighborhood roads indicated in the Regional Local Road Repair Program (RLRRP) Package No. 7. Project List and Location Maps available on the Pima County Procurement website at:
Bid Due Date/Time: June 27, 2018, at or before 2:00 PM Local Tucson Time, Pima County Procurement Department, 130 W. Congress Street, 3rd Floor, Tucson, AZ.
Direct questions in writing to:
Anthony V. Schiavone, Procurement Officer
Pima County Procurement Department
Fax: 520-724-4434 / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rio Nuevo: Last week Governor Doug Ducey signed legislation extending the Rio Nuevo Multipurpose Facilities District through 2035. Sponsored by State Rep. Mark Finchem, this bill passed both the AZ House and Senate with large majorities. Stay tuned for further updates as additional revitalization efforts and related infrastructure continue to be planned and built in the heart of Tucson.
Thank you, ATB members for your warm welcome over the past week as I have met many of you at the golf tournament meeting, regional meeting, member dniner, and a few individual visits out and about, or even those of you that have stopped by the office! With help from Ramon and Yvette, I have a great start at getting to know or be reacquainted with many of our members.
Ramon and I also met with several of our community’s leaders including Jim DeGrood at PAG, Carmine DeBonis at Pima County Administrator’s Office, Ana Olivares, Director at Pima County DOT, and just yesterday Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. More meetings with our region’s elected officials, department leaders and community leaders are being planned.
As some of you know, I am a lifelong Arizona resident, growing up in central Phoenix before moving to Tucson more than 20 years ago to attend the University of Arizona – GO CATS! I have always been fascinated by our state’s transportation and utility infrastructure, having grown up in a time when our communities experienced rapid population growth, and taking that exciting first drive with my family through the tunnel that finally connected I-10 coast to coast in the early 90s. Locally, I remember first visiting the University of Arizona as a high school student in the mid-90s, soon after Speedway was reconstructed in the campus area. I am pleased that it has recently been repaved and returns to being one of our community’s well-built, well-maintained gateways.
For those of you I have not met yet, I look forward to seeing you at upcoming ATB events! Call me at (520) 623-0444 or email me at email@example.com and we can schedule a time to meet up too. If I’m not out and about, I also welcome seeing people right here at the office if you want to stop by! Or, join me and be part of our ATB delegation to DC for the ARTBA fly-in coming up in mid-May!
As a Tucsonan for more than 20 years and lifelong Arizona resident, I am excited to begin this week as Executive Director of ATB! I appreciate the warm welcome by ATB’s Board and committee members and look forward to meeting many of you at this week’s membership dinner! Thank you, Ramon, for your past seven years of leadership as Executive Director in elevating ATB activities to a higher level! I look forward to building on your legacy and continuing to work with Yvette to serve our membership and community with outstanding events!
As I begin getting oriented to ATB’s activities in the community, please know that I intend to reach out and meet with all our members – whether for a quick bite or coffee, at your office, or even at a job site. Feel free to contact me so that we can schedule a convenient time throughout this spring. I look forward to getting to know you, your companies and organizations, and the great work that we are all doing, and appreciate your feedback on areas we can continue to work together toward ATB’s mission of MOVING OUR ECONOMY!
I can be reached at ATB’s office, (520) 623-0444 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org anytime!
Congratulations to Pima County on completion of The Loop, a long-term wash bank protection project that has also paved the way for a regional multi-use trail system! Many ATB members were active in providing construction and consulting services over three decades to make this happen in partnership with local jurisdictions. The Loop Completion Celebration events take place this Saturday, March 17, 2018 at three locations around the metro area. More details: http://webcms.pima.gov/cms/One.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=384760
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao is making the case for the Trump administration’s plan to incentivize state, local and private stakeholders to spend as much as $1.3 trillion by providing $200 billion in federal dollars over 10 years. She testified March 1st before the Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee and is set to appear today at the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The reaction among Senate EPW Committee members was mixed at best. Several Democrats pointed out the plan calls for $200 billion in new direct federal spending, while the administration’s budget includes over $200 billion in cuts to existing federal infrastructure spending programs. They also expressed skepticism about how $200 billion could leverage 6.5 times that amount in non-federal spending. Chao tried to ignore the budget as something not related to the infrastructure plan or under her jurisdiction. Republicans focused mostly on the permitting and project delivery reforms proposed in the plan, as well as parochial transportation issues ongoing in their states. They did not discuss the administration’s budget conflict or question the plan’s leveraging potential. EPW Committee Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-Del.) opened the hearing by recalling his conversation with President Donald Trump at a Feb. 15th White House meeting on infrastructure. Carper claimed at the time the president supported 25 cents per gallon increase in the federal motor fuels tax. The White House would only say that it is keeping its options open. Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) pressed Chao on whether Trump supports such an increase. Chao said the question is better answered by the White House directly. She said she wants to work with Congress on the pending insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF). She did not offer any solutions. Comments earlier in the week from Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) about possibly not having enough time in 2018 to consider an infrastructure bill were walked back by Carper, who said Cornyn told him the comments were taken out of context. Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) went a step further in the hearing, saying he thinks the Senate should work nights and weekends to get a much-needed infrastructure package done this year. ARTBA will continue pushing for a robust infrastructure package, one that should include a permanent Highway Trust Fund fix as its main component.
Arizona Transportation Builders Association is pleased to announce that B.J. Cordova has been hired as Executive Director beginning March 12, 2018. In addition to focusing on member education and administering the organization’s operations and policies in conjunction with the Board of Directors, he will represent the organization at the local, state, and national level. Cordova fills the position currently held by Ramon Gaanderse who has served in the role for the past seven years and is departing for a position in the private sector. Cordova is a lifelong Arizona resident with interests in regional infrastructure and community-driven improvements. A recent graduate of the Eller Evening MBA program, he also studied Environmental Science and Spanish at the University of Arizona. He serves as Education Chair for Southern Arizona Environmental Management Society and was previously Chair of the City of Tucson Pedestrian Advisory Committee. He is also Past President of Tucson Sunset Rotary Club, and now a member of Tucson Sunrise Rotary. He is departing Tucson Clean & Beautiful after more than 15 years, where he most recently served as Membership & Communications Director. His community involvement and experience collaborating with government, business, and nonprofit sectors will be an asset for ATB and the community.
Sturgeon Electric Company, Inc. (Sturgeon Electric) was founded in Denver, Colorado in 1912 by David Dwight “D.D.” Sturgeon. Mr. Sturgeon was an active member of the Denver community, and was instrumental in the development of the industry, downtown Denver and in the growth of the city. He served on the Board of Directors of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of NECA-the National Electrical Contractors Association for many years. From 1912 to 1986, Sturgeon Electric’s offices moved from various locations throughout downtown Denver. In the 1990’s, Sturgeon Electric expanded operations into Arizona, opening offices in Phoenix and Tucson. In 2012, Sturgeon Electric celebrated 100 years in business, and the company’s T&D division is currently constructing a $120M electrical construction project in the State of Nevada for NV Energy and Great Basin Electric Transmission South, LLC, an affiliate of LS Power. The 235 miles, 500kV transmission line is known as the Nevada ON Line project.
As do the other agencies in the region, the Town of Marana has a pavement cut moratorium on newly constructed asphalt, and a Pavement Management System with recent condition data to assess the publicly owned roadway infrastructure for optimizing available maintenance funding. This data has been used to develop a funded pavement preservation program to seal the town’s roadways on a 5 to 6-year cycle. Since this investment of public funds is now maintaining asphalt in a like new condition, Marana is proposing to revise the pavement moratorium requirement from a five-year threshold to an overall condition index (OCI) of 70 or above. Also proposed are Grounds for Denial of new permits for failure to perform or failure to pay fees in Section 12-7-5 and updating Town Code to reflect the adoption of the latest PAG Standard Specifications and Details in Section 12-7-8. Section 12-7-9 includes the proposed pavement cut moratorium language, including amending the warranty for such cuts accordingly to five years, which had been to increase it from the standard two years to until the pavement is five years old, or whichever is greater.
Marana is also working on a viewing portal to add to the mapping page on our website, which will provide color coded street segments to indicate which streets have an OCI of 70 or greater, and when the data was most recently collected; we hope to have that go live in the next week or so and will provide a link for ATB members.
Marana is asking for comments to be submitted by Friday, March 2, and hope to place the proposed Ordinance on the next available Council Agenda shortly thereafter. To see all the documents and research, please click here.