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Roads, Hivis and Workzone Roundup

Here's a bit about what's going on in the road and construction industries.

$287 million for New York to rebuild roads, bridges damaged by Hurricane Sandy


U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Feb. 15 announced $287 million in emergency relief funds for New York to rebuild roads and bridges damaged by natural disasters, with $250 million specifically designated for Hurricane Sandy recovery.


LaHood was joined by Senator Charles Schumer in New York City for the announcement.  The funding in the Feb. 15 announcement is part of the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, passed by Congress and signed by President Obama.


“With this funding, we are delivering on our promise to help New York and the rest of the East Coast rebuild and recover from Hurricane Sandy and other natural disasters,” said LaHood in a written statement.  “We will continue to work with the region as it rebuilds, but in keeping with President Obama’s leadership, we will work with the states to ‘fix it first’ by focusing on infrastructure projects that will create jobs and help businesses fastest.”


Funds from the Federal Highway Administration will be used to reimburse the state for expenses associated with damage mainly from Hurricane Sandy along with a handful of previous weather events.  The funds will help pay for reconstructing or replacing damaged highways and bridges, establishing detours and replacing highway infrastructure devices such as lighting and guardrails.


Read the entire article in Better Roads.





ML Kishigo 1509 ANSI Class 2 Ultra-Cool Black Bottom Mesh Safety Vest


High visibility safety vest with solid black material on the bottom to protect the vest against looking dirty, helping it to maintain a very bright appearance and preserve your hi-visibility. Made with 100% Ultra-Cool polyester mesh fabric, the vest also features a front zipper closure, dual mic tabs, a radio pocket, a multi-tier pencil pocket, two lower flapped patch pockets, and two inside patch pockets. It is ANSI Class 2 compliant.

  • Ultra-Cool 100% polyester mesh fabric with black bottom design
  • Long-lasting brightness
  • Zipper front closure
  • Dual mic tabs, radio pocket, multi-tier pencil pocket, two lower flapped patch pockets, two inside patch pockets
  • ANSI Class 2 compliant


Best to be safe


Safety winners show what it takes to protect workers.
What does it take for a contractor to have an excellent safety program?

According to the winners of the most recent American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Foundation’s Contractor Safety Awards, the following are essential:

  • Sincere and robust involvement in the program from the highest levels of company management;
  • Accountability at the crew-management level;
  • Nonpunitive reporting of near-miss incidents;
  • Continuous training;
  • Safety committees;
  • Employee buy-in, empowerment and accountability; and
  • Tracking, review and follow-up for all incidents.


Such was the consensus of executives representing companies ranging from small firms with less than 500,000 annual man-hours to some of the nation’s largest companies with millions of man-hours who gathered in the nation’s capital for two days of discussion.


Read the rest of the article here.


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