A call has gone out to concrete producers to help shape infrastructure spending for years to come. The Transportation Construction Coalition's 2008 Fly-in takes place at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on May 20–21.
Experts predict the Highway Trust Fund revenue will be insufficient to meet the authorized funding level for fiscal year 2009. This could result in a 10% to 35% cut in federal money for state highway programs.
SAFETEA-LU expires in September 2009, but the reauthorization debate is already underway on Capitol Hill. The outcome of these deliberations will likely define the future of federal highway and transit construction programs and how they are financed. Federal aviation programs also remain in limbo with the new authorization bill overdue.
Concrete industry trade association leaders say the transportation construction industry cannot afford to sit back and wait for Washington to act. They are urging concrete producers to help educate their representatives about transportation needs in their states. The event will include a legislation briefing and meetings with members of Congress.
Among the 29 associations sponsoring the Washington event are the American Concrete Pavement Association, American Concrete Pipe Association, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association, Portland Cement Association, and Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute.