MDOT Implements “Subcontract” Requirement for DBE Truckers

Although MITA opposes the idea, MDOT will implement a new subcontract requirement for hiring Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) truckers on MDOT let projects. This new DBE trucker subcontract requirement will be effective with the December 3, 2021 bid letting and then all subsequent bid lettings. When issuing the subcontract directive,

MITA Explains The Real Impact of the Federal Infrastructure Funding Bill

Early this week, MITA’s Vice President of Government Affairs Lance Binoniemi broke down for WJR’s Talk Show Host Paul W. Smith what the federal infrastructure funding bill really means.  While the bill, signed into law by President Biden on Monday, is the biggest federal infrastructure investment since the 1940s and
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MITA in the News: The Real Impact of the Federal Infrastructure Funding Bill

November 17, 2021 Early this week, MITA’s Vice President of Government Affairs Lance Binoniemi broke down for WJR’s Talk Show Host Paul W. Smith what the federal infrastructure funding bill really means. Lance was also quoted in an article that appear in The Detroit News on November 15.  Other articles
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President Biden Signs Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

November 15, 2021 LANSING, Mich. – Lance Binoniemi, vice president of government affairs at the Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association, issued the following statement after President Joe Biden signed the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law today: “President Biden’s signature on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is

Detroit Carpenters Fringe Payment Information

TO: Road Detroit Carpenters Signatory Contractors FROM: Robert Coppersmith, Acting Executive Vice President DATE: November 12, 2021 RE: New Fringe Payment Information Please update the financial institution information for MRCC Fringe Benefits for Detroit Carpenters. Name: Huntington Bank New routing & account number information: Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters Fringe

In Memoriam – Tony Sarotte

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Anthony “Tony” Sarotte, long time employee of MITA member, Florence Cement.   Tony was born on December 23, 1937, in Hamtramck to Frank and Genevieve Sarotte. He graduated from South Lake High School in 1956, where he played football and baseball,

MDOT Project PDF Webinar for Contractors

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) invites MITA members to attend a Microsoft Teams Meeting to discuss Project PDF plan set contract deliverables on November 18th, 2021, from 10:30 AM to noon. The purpose of this event is to present MDOT’s pilot Project PDF deliverable format, as well as allow

Congress Passes Infrastructure Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives, in a rare Friday session last week, passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that includes $450 billion for highway and public transportation investments and a new, five-year reauthorization of federal surface transportation programs. The information coming out of

Court of Appeals Stays OSHA ETS Requirement

This weekend the 5th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals stayed the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring COVID vaccinations and/or testing for firms employing 100 or more.  Phillip Russell, a partner at Ogletree Deakins, sent around his “instant analysis” below.    ETS Stayed – Instant Analysis: what does

Emergency Temporary Standard Vax-Or-Test Update

The following information should help clarify many of the questions that are being raised as a result of the ETS issued yesterday. MITA affiliate ARTBA was able to ascertain this information from federal OSHA. MITA will remain in contact with MIOSHA and provide any information that may further clarify the

Federal OSHA Issues Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS)

MITA has been informed by MIOSHA that they intend on adopting the ETS by reference which simply means they will be on the same timeline for enforcement as OSHA concerning the new standard. At the heart of the ETS, employers must comply within 30 days of publication and be in

In Memoriam of Ernie Orchard

MITA is deeply saddened to bring you the news of the passing on Friday, October 22, 2021, of Melvin E. (Ernie) Orchard—the “O” in OHM Advisors—at the age of 96. Ernie was one of the original founding partners of the firm in 1962 and served as the firm’s president from 1972 until