Bulletins

Legislative

MITA PAC Scores Key Victories in State Legislative Primaries

The results from the 2006 primary election are in and MITA PAC’s record was an impressive 23-2. MITA chose to make contributions in 25 out of 79 total legislative districts with primaries. Even in open-seat contests, with no incumbents running for election, MITA PAC candidates won 11 out of 13
Legislative

New Minimum Wage Law Creates Unintended Headaches

Michigan employers could be forced to pay overtime to salaried professional employees starting October 1, unless a legislative fix is adopted quickly. The state’s minimum wage was to be increased in increments beginning this year, under legislation passed in late spring. The legislation was hastily approved because of political maneuvering,
Engineering

Price Escalator Provision Survey

Continued price volatility at the pump and MDOT’s recent advertisement of a $70 million project (I-94/US-131 in the SW Region) with a 2½ year progress schedule has prompted discussions about price escalator provisions. In response to inquiries made at the pre-bid meeting for that project, MDOT leadership expressed a willingness
Legislative

Legislative Update: Underground Issues Surface at the State Capitol

MITA Gives Boost to AT&T’s $500 Million Investment Project Legislation expected to spur a $500 million private investment in underground infrastructure was given a helpful boost by MITA last week at the state capitol. On Wednesday, MITA testified in favor of legislation which would open the doors for AT&T to
Legislative

June Legislative Update

State Unveils $34 Million in Clean Water Projects  The MDEQ will distribute $34.5 million in low-interest loans to eight water quality projects across the state, according to an announcement made last week. Manistee, Dearborn and Huron County will receive money from the State Revolving Fund (SRF) for three wastewater treatment
Engineering

Reminder – Work Zone Traffic Control Equipment Must Meet NCHRP 350

The prime contractor is responsible for ensuring that all work zone traffic control equipment is NCHRP 350 compliant per section 922.01 of the 2003 Standard Specifications for Construction and the contract documents. Temporary sign panels, supports, cones, drums, and Type III barricades must meet the NCHRP 350 crashworthy requirements. MDOT
Legislative

Legislative Update

Please find below sample letters to the editor and an update on the old blue license plates: We need MITA members to speak out! Momentum continues to grow as MITA pushes for enhanced road funding in Michigan. The next few months is a critical time to build support for the
Legislative

Legislative Update

Governor signs “Local Jobs Today” legislation Program provides federal match to local communities and road agencies This week Governor Jennifer Granholm signed legislation to provide $80 million in much-needed state funding to expedite $400 million in local road projects in 2006 and 2007. “This is great news for Michigan’s economy”,
Engineering

MDOT Establishes Design-Build Policy

After benchmarking against other state departments of transportation and considering the input of the construction industry as well as the consulting engineer community, MDOT has decided not to expand its in-house Design-Build (D/B) capability at this time. Although MDOT recognizes D/B can be beneficial in terms of saving time in
Legislative

Michigan Transportation Team Kicks-Off Drive MI

Launch of new Web site to provide resource on transportation issues in Michigan LANSING, Mich. — Michigan business and labor leaders are joining forces again to tackle Michigan’s long-standing practice of underfunding transportation needs. “Everyone knows gas prices are skyrocketing but few people realize that less and less money is going
Legislative

Legislative Update

Local Jobs Today Initiative Would Mean $400 Million for Local Roads In a major development this week, the Legislature and governor agreed on a plan for the state to provide $80 million to local units of government in order to be eligible for $320 million in federal grants. The plan
Engineering

Construction Issues/Concerns with Increased Focus

MITA staff has been meeting with MDOT central office and regional leadership to discuss current concerns and issues from both industry and MDOT perspectives. MDOT has indicated that there will be heightened focus in the following areas this upcoming construction season. 1. Prevailing wages – MDOT will be conducting more