The AGC/TxDOT Joint Safety Committee inspected “the next generation of safety” vehicle. The driverless safety truck uses radar and video cameras to record all activities in a construction zone. The radar shows motorists their speed and cameras show traffic in all directions. The vehicle also serves as “a tool to coach our employees,” says David Dennis (in the photo) of Wheeler Companies. David chairs the AGC of Texas Safety Committee.
The integrated radar technology and cameras will protect construction workers and also companies from lawsuits. And it’s also important for “risk management,” David says. The new safety truck will make construction work zones easier and safer, he says. A generator will pull from the truck’s fuel system and supply power to run auxiliary lighting and all accessories without idling the main truck engine.
“Any time a driver can be removed from these vehicles in a very dangerous situation – and if the vehicle’s struck – there’s nobody inside of it to receive the damage or the injuries,” says Rob Roy, president of Royal Truck & Equipment.
Bob Lanham (Williams Brothers) chairs AGC’s Legislative Drafting & Review Committee at its July 6 meeting. The committee discussed DBE submissions; toll road issues, “Buy America” legislation; TxDOT ethics issues; and E-verify issues.
The Signing and Illumination Committee met Monday (July 11) to discuss a variety of electrical, illumination and signal issues with TxDOT officials. In the photo (clockwise, starting far left) L.C. Tubb (MICA Corp.), Committee Chair Tommy Willis (Willis Electric), Greg Jones (TxDOT), Jeff Bryan(Durable Specialties), Eric Wold (Florida Traffic Control Devices), Brian Fariello (TxDOT), Tammy Fagan (TxDOT), Andy Ajas (The Levy Co.),Ed Schroeder (Austin Traffic), Dave Fuller, (Tri- State Electric), Harry Levy (The Levy Co.) and Thomas Bohuslav (AGC).
Art Daniel (AR Daniel Construction Services) sat down for an interview with the H2O4 Texas Coalition as part of the group’s continuing film series to help inform and educate Texas elected officials and citizens about the importance of water. The effort focuses on the importance of statewide water planning and implementing projects in the Statewide Water Plan.
H2O4 Texas Coalition is using social media and town halls to carry its “Our Water Story” to elected officials and Texans. The theme: “By harnessing the power of real water stories from across the great State of Texas, this ongoing initiative will inspire Texans to take part in the development of our state’s water supplies.”
Art described how Fort Worth and Dallas, who once worked in silos, now jointly implement water projects and also how he gained experience in the industry before forming his own company. He explained how water affects the economy, ranging from agriculture to energy to the microchips that power modern technology, including cell phones. Texas leaders decades and generations ago planned for the state’s water needs, he said: “We are way short of what we need today, much less 50 years out from now. Think about the value of water and not just your water bill. How important is water to my life?”
Some of the massive water pipes his company use are 14-feet high, he said: “Builders get to see their work. Our best work is never seen because we build underground. Our work goes unnoticed.”
Art also emphasized the important role AGC of Texas plays in helping elected officials and Texans everywhere understand the importance of smart investments in infrastructure, such as road and bridge construction. He has been a long-time active leader in AGC of Texas and is a former past president.
Art currently serves as senior vice president of AGC of America, which has 32,000 member firms.
Kal Kincaid, Area Chairman of the Beaumont District, introduces speakers at the Beaumont Forecast Meeting.
TxDOT’s Randy Hopmann briefed AGC members in early July about the department’s preliminary 2017 Unified Transportation Program – emphasizing the importance of significant funding increases, highway safety and the fact the plan is not set in concrete.
TxDOT leaders expect a $38.3 billion funding increase over the next 10 years for a total investment of $66.1 billion in Texas roads and bridges during that period.
“We have a lot of extra money, thanks to the voters of Texas, that is included in this Unified Transportation Program,” the director of District Operations told AGC members at their monthly luncheon meeting. “Voters have made some strategic transportation investment for the future of Texas through Prop 1 and Prop 7.”
Congressional action on a federal highway funding late last year also will give Texas a modest boost – and a total increase of $38.3 billion over the next 10 years when combined with new state funding. “That’s a lot of money,” Mr. Hopmann reminded the audience.
The Legislative Drafting and Review Committee, chaired by Bob Lanham, considers several possible areas of concern which may arise next session. The committee will meet now until after the session ends in May to review and make recommendations on all legislation affecting the industry.
AGC of Texas President Jeff Smith (Smith and Company) presides over the AGC of Texas July Board meeting.
El Paso District Engineer Bob Beilek discusses the district’s plans to accommodate the increased funding from Prop. 7 at the El Paso Area meeting
Colonel Len Waterworth, USACE (Ret), currently with Texas A & M Galveston, discusses efforts to develop a coastal spine along the coast to protect the Houston/ Galveston area.
Mike Brown, Austin Area Chairman, welcomes members to the Austin Area Forecast Meeting
Commissioner Jeff Moseley, center, receives recognition for his service by Houston area contractors Doug Pitcock and Derek Angel.