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At the request of the Operating Engineers and Laborers, the Illinois Department of Labor determined that survey workers and survey foremen working on the site of Illinois public works projects must be paid the prevailing wage rate. This decision will not go into effect until the IDOL holds a rate hearing, issues an order setting the applicable prevailing wage rate, and publishes the rate on its ...

Automotive and transportation data researcher INRIX released its annual Global Traffic Scorecard this week, revealing that Chicago ranked as the U.S. city with the highest traffic delays in 2022 and second worldwide - after London.

ARTBA’s Annual Bridge Report shows that Illinois still has a long way to go to get its bridges in a state of good repair. According to the report, IDOT has identified needed repairs on 4,125 bridges – the third highest number in the nation. 

The U.S. Department of Labor this week released their final rules that would make significant changes to the Davis Bacon Act. Contractors are required to comply with DBA provisions in all federally funded work, including IDOT work. This move follows the USDOL’s proposed rule released in March 2022, followed by a comment period.  Both ARTBA and IRTBA provided comments on the proposed rule in 2022.  ...

The most significant amendments to the National Environmental Policy Act took effect in June with the enactment of the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023. The amendments focused on streamlining NEPA, but a new rule proposed last Friday may open the door to more widespread litigation aimed at halting projects. The proposed rule expands upon the amendment’s new definition of “major Federal action" by ...

Governor J.B. Pritzker today announced that Illinois Department of Transportation plans to spend nearly $41 billion on transportation infrastructure over the next six years, making the new Multi-Year Program for FY24-29 the largest-ever construction program in state history. Read the governor's press release.

Over 200 IRTBA members attended the first General Membership Meeting of 2023. Alison Premo Black, Ph.D., ARTBA's Senior Vice President and Chief Economist provided invaluable insight into the state of the economy in Illinois and nationally. Her analysis covered construction and design trends, supply chain issues, engineering estimates, and progress seen with IIJA funding. The event featured ...

Road Builders Took Springfield by Storm! Last week #IRTBA industry leaders and the Emerging Leaders Program drove down to Springfield to address industry priorities with legislators and administration officials.

At this year’s Annual Meeting, we'll dive into the "J-Band/LJS Study" by 2022 Sustainability Champion Asphalt Materials, Inc.; "Blue Smoke" and the Emissions Control Implementation Plan as well as options for HMA plant modifications; how environmental justice policies could affect the transportation industry; the cement shortage, its effect on the market and potential action.

You Play a Role in Work Zone Safety

Road Builders are gearing up for Work Zone Safety Awareness Week, April 17-21, 2023, themed "You play a role in work zone safety. Work with us." mark your calendar and make plans for this important initiative.