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The National Association of State Highway and Transportation Unions (NASHTU) is dedicated to ensuring that federal transportation dollars are spent on cost-effective, safe projects that serve the public interest. NASHTU is comprised of 38 unions and associations representing hundreds of thousands of state and locally employed transportation engineers, construction managers and inspectors, technical workers and related public servants from throughout the United States.

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NASHTU Conference Set for April 20-22, 2020 – Save the Date!

NASHTU’s 21st Annual Conference will be held April 20 through 22, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill Hotel in Washington D.C.  Please be sure to save the dates!

The timing of the 2020 NASHTU Conference couldn’t be better.  Congress will be hard at work negotiating a new surface transportation authorization to take the place of the FAST Act, which expires in the fall of 2020.  NASHTU members will be well-positioned to advocate for common sense transportation policies that will ensure that transportation projects are delivered safely and cost effectively.

As always, the conference agenda will be packed with keynote addresses from Members of Congress, government officials, good government advocacy groups, transportation industry experts, labor leaders and many others.  Conference attendees will also head to Capitol Hill to meet with their state’s Congressional Representatives and urge support for NASHTU’s objectives.

NASHTU has secured a special room rate at the Hyatt Regency Washington Hotel (400 New Jersey Avenue, NW) of $339 per night (single/double occupancy).  The hotel will also honor the special room rate for up to two days prior to and after the conference, subject to hotel availability.  Advance reservations can be made by calling the hotel at 202/737-1234.  Please be sure to mention the NASHTU Conference when booking your accommodations.

As always, if you have suggestions for speakers, panels, or interesting subjects for the conference, please let us know.  We look forward to seeing you at the 21st NASHTU Conference.


NASHTU Notes

November 7, 2019

Large Construction Firms Shift Away from P3’s

A recent article on the construction news website, Construction Dive, says that large construction firms have stepped back from public-private partnerships (P3) because they are too risky and have proven unprofitable.

According to the article, Granite Construction CEO James Roberts said in August that P3s are no longer viable for his company and that Granite will stop pursuing megaprojects as part of their portfolio after Granite declared a $97.8 million loss on four P3 projects in the second quarter of 2019.

Similarly, Skanska recently said it will “limit the type of P3s it takes on” after taking a $100 million write-down on its P3 business.  Fluor CEO Carlos Hernandez said that the risk of P3s has caused the industry to “suffer severely” over the last few years and his company will only participate in sole-source, limited bid or other advantageous situations.

P3s also pose considerable risk for state and local governments.  NASHTU has long advocated against such agreements because they do not increase or replace sustainable transportation funding and they often are executed without common sense public interest protections.  Examples of these protections include ensuring an accurate cost comparison analysis prior to awarding a P3 contract and performance of construction inspection by public sector engineers and related professionals to protect public safety.

Read the full article here.