Dotted Line: 4 answers to common collaboration hiccups

Construction Dive

Design-build, integrated project delivery and other collaborative construction processes present myriad challenges, but several experts have outlined steps contractors can take to boost teamwork across stakeholders

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The Dotted Line: Mitigating the risk of unforeseen site conditions

Construction Dive

If a contractor signs a contract stating it's responsible for all conditions before doing its due diligence on site conditions, a contract expert said, it should anticipate schedule-killing litigation

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Connecticut DOT unveils 5-year, $12B infrastructure plan

Construction Dive

The capital construction program is a near $5-billion increase from the last cycle, but state lawmakers have yet to settle on a source of funding

Dotted Line: How to conduct business in a world of discrimination and harassment claims

Construction Dive

Lawyers offer some practical advice for contractors to prevent and weather these claims, which they say for many companies are inevitable

DOT Drone TV

Construction Equipment

. . American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) reports 33 state DOTs are involved in studying and testing drones for traffic and construction use, under the watchful eye of the FAA.

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State DOTs test sealant that could prevent concrete cracking

Construction Dive

Louisiana, Texas and Minnesota are testing a new sealant created to mitigate the effects of the seasonal expansion and contraction of pavement

Dotted Line: Cultivating bid-winning relationships with public agencies

Construction Dive

Effective communication and trust are keys to productive relationships with local and federal officials

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Louisiana DOT testing precast concrete ramp

Construction Dive

The department says that using precast panels on a nearly $3 million, 1,200-foot highway entrance ramp has significantly reduced road shutdowns

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DOT awards $1.5B for 91 projects across 49 states and DC

Construction Dive

The Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) program weighed a record 851 submissions based on safety, state of repair, innovation and other criteria

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DOT announces $617M of FAA airport grants

Construction Dive

The funds span 45 states and four U.S. territories and go toward maintenance, repair and construction of taxiways, terminals and other airport infrastructure

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Dotted Line: How to manage the risks of delegated design

Construction Dive

Taking responsibility for even a small portion of the design can expose contractors to increased liability. Here's how to limit the risks

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The Dotted Line: A successful project closeout 'starts at the beginning'

Construction Dive

Planning and organization go a long way in keeping punch list items to a minimum and closeout documents organized

Manufacturing Best Project: Dot Foods Greenfield Cold Storage Warehouse

ENR Construction

This $23-million warehouse brings cold storage to one of the country’s hottest places

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EPA, DOT Toughen Fuel Economy and Emissions Standards for Heavy-Duty Trucks

ENR Construction

DOT's Foxx says regulation requires 10% greater emissons and fuel-use cuts than 2015 EPA-DOT proposal

DOT Adds 4 More Drugs to Testing List

Construction Equipment

Department of Transportation issued a final rule yesterday that expands DOT's current drug testing panel to include some semi-synthetic opioids; Hydrocodon - Trade names Norco, Vicodin, Lortab, Vicoprofen and Riboxen. The U.S.

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Ransomware Hijacks Colorado DOT Computers

Construction Equipment

Wednesday morning, a variation of the SamSam ransomwear virus grabbed more than 2,000 employee computers in the Colorado Department of Transportation.

EPA, DOT Toughen Trucks' Fuel Economy and Emissions Standards

ENR Construction

DOT's Foxx says regulation requires 10% greater emissons and fuel-use cuts than 2015 EPA-DOT proposal

AASHTO Report: State DOTs Leading the Evolution of Drones

Construction Equipment

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials ( AASHTO) has released the results of it March survey of state DOTs use of drones.

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Proposed Budget Cuts $2.4 Billion from DOT

Construction Equipment

The Budget request reflects a streamlined DOT that is focused on performing vital Federal safety oversight functions and investing in nationally and regionally significant transportation infrastructure projects," the budget document says

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DOT Releases $1.5B for 26 Infrastructure Projects

Construction Equipment

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded $1.5 billion in infrastructure funding on Wednesday which will be used to pay for 26 projects under the federal Infrastructure For Rebuilding America (INFRA) program.

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Iowa DOT orders demo, rebuild of part of $23M bridge

Construction Dive

Officials said the repairs that Minnowa Construction will have to pay for and make include correcting bridge piers and abutments

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Proceed Wisely, Ninja Contractor, Because Suing Your DOT May Have Limitations

Best Practices Construction Law

For you Ninja contractors, it’s a good thing to fully understand your potential recovery before you spend countless months and thousands of dollars pursuing a claim against your state DOT for breach of contract, misrepresentation or other cause of action.

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EPA, DOT Toughen Trucks' Fuel-Use and Emissions Standards

ENR Construction

DOT's Foxx says regulation requires 10% greater emissons and fuel-use cuts than 2015 EPA-DOT proposal

Arizona DOT Thwarts Graffiti Artists

Construction Equipment

Spray paint used to tag the signs can make the words difficult to read at night, and cleaning and replacing the signs is a hazardous task for DOT workers. Graffiti is an ongoing threat to interstate freeway signs on Arizona overpasses. ADOT Interstate Signing Supervisor Dudley Heller developed a shield that makes it difficult for vandals to reach the sign.

The Dotted Line: What contractors need to know about arbitration

Construction Dive

When it comes to contract disputes, arbitration is sometimes the answer, even if it does not mean contractors will get an inexpensive and quick resolution

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Oklahoma DOT installs railroad bridge built offsite

Construction Dive

By building the bridge offsite and then moving it into place, agency officials said they were able to complete the installation with fewer interstate closures

DOT Announces $677 Million in Airport Grants

Construction Equipment

Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced on Friday the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $677 million in airport infrastructure grants, the first allotment of the total $3.18

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The Dotted Line: How to develop a collaborative team that wins bids

Construction Dive

The most effective partners possess unique skill sets, have extensive lists of contacts and stay aligned with the project's overall goals

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DOT's Pipeline Emergency Power Expanded

Construction Equipment

Federal pipeline regulators issued a rule Tuesday to expand their agency’s power to regulate pipelines that pose an imminent threat to public safety or the environment.

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State DOTs Leading the Evolution of Drones: AASHTO

Construction Equipment

The results were published in its March survey of state DOT's use of drones

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The Dotted Line: How to make sure a contract protects your money

Construction Dive

Contractors shouldn't hesitate to try to strike a better deal for things like change orders and retainage during contract negotiations

Florida DOT plans $2.3B, 40-mile Interstate 4 'signature' corridor

Construction Dive

Each of the expansion's current six segments is in various stages of planning, but the end result will expand the area's safety, mobility and connectivity

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Appropriators Press DOT's Chao to Fund Transit Projects

ENR Construction

Appropriators zero in on transit capital grants, which got a 10% hike in the 2018 omnibus spending measure

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U.S. DOT Releases 30-Year Transportation Outlook

Construction Equipment

Department of Transportation (DOT) outlining the trends that are likely to shape the needs of the nation''s transportation system over the next three decades. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx unveiled Beyond Traffic , a new forward-looking analysis from the U.S.

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North Carolina DOT Worker Hit & Killed by Vehicle (VIDEO)

Construction Equipment

. . North Carolina troopers are urging drivers to slow down in work zones, the day after a DOT worker was hit and killed, working in the median of U.S. William “Grey” Bailey, 36, was an engineering technician who had been with the DOT since 2010.

Edgewater Faucets win prestigious Red Dot Award for product design

Contractor Magazine

The Edgewater collection of pull-down kitchen and bar faucets from American Standard was recognized with the Red Dot Award, an international price for excellence in design.

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NJ Taps Veteran to Run DOT; Obituary: Architect-Developer John Portman

ENR Construction

Diane Gutierrez-Scacchetti returns to state from Florida DOT role; Maverick design-builder helped restore urban cores around the world

Is it Legal for Iowa's DOT to Write Tickets?

Construction Equipment

Peyton Atzen, a 16-year old student at Southeast Polk High School in Pleasant Hill, Iowa, decided to fight a speeding ticket he received from an Iowa DOT officer, citing a 70-year old Iowa Supreme Court case that said DOT officers have limited ticketing authority that does not include speeding or arrests

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State DOTs' Aerial Drone Use Is on the Rise

ENR Construction

More state transportation agencies are using aerial drones, and overall commercial use of the devices is expected to continue to climb, though not as dramatically as predicted in 2017, recent reports say

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DOT Test Program Could Widen Construction Drone Use

ENR Construction

Industry officials hope tests will lead to easing restrictions on flights beyond line of sight and over people

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