TRANSPORTATION FUNDING BOOSTED
Congress completed action last week on a funding bill for the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2018 that avoids yet another government shutdown and includes $10 billion plus in additional infrastructure investment—compared to FY 2017. President Trump signed the bill after briefly threatening to veto the bill siting concerns about some of its provisions.
To see the AASHTO Breakdown of the Transporation Portion of the New Budget
SAFEST YEAR EVER FOR AGGREGATES
According to MSHA’s preliminary estimate, aggregates operations attained a new record low injury rate in 2017. This year’s rate is estimated at 1.74 per 200,000 hours worked, marking the 17th consecutive year that the rate improved.
MSHA TO UNDERTAKE INITIATIVE TO COLLECT $67 MILLION IN UNPAID FINES
During the House Appropriations Committee’s Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee meeting about the 2019 fiscal year budget, Secretary R. Alexander Acosta said the
Department of Labor
is undertaking an initiative to recover $67 million in unpaid health and safety fines that were issued by the MSHA over the past 10 years,
Safety + Health
Wake County remains one of the fastest growing counties in North Carolina, but population growth has sped up more in some of the Triangle's collar counties, according to the latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.
North Carolina ranks fifth-highest in the U.S. for the percentage of fatal traffic accidents involving older drivers, a nonprofit transportation research group reports. The number of older drivers who are involved or killed in traffic crashes is rising even faster than the number of people who are 65 or older, says the report by TRIP, a Washington, D.C.-based group that evaluates economic and technical data on surface transportation.
Please plan to attend one of the three Aggregate Summits that will be held in May. This is a great opportunity to discuss current issues with your local NCDOT representatives. The Summits will include a quarry tour and an open forum to discuss current industry issues with NCDOT.
The 2018 NCAA Mid-Year Meeting broke the 2017 record for attendees and exhibitors. We would like to take this opportunity to say "Thank You" to all the Speakers, Sponsors and Exhibitors for helping to make this meeting such a success. (Sponsors listed to the left) The next Mid-Year Meeting will be in two years, mark your calendar for 2020.
NC MINE SAFETY & HEALTH CONFERENCE
NCAA and the NCDOL hosted the Annual Mine Safety and Health Conference on March 21-23 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Atlantic Beach in North Carolina. Thanks to the great lineup of speakers and a special thanks to the exhibitors for making the conference a success.
THE HOTEL ROOM BLOCK
IS ALMOST FILLED
FOR THE 2018 ANNUAL CONVENTION
The Westin Savannah Harbor
Golf Resort & Spa
June 27 - 29
If you have not already made your hotel reservation, please do so quickly. The room block is almost sold out with 96% of the rooms booked. If you have problems making a reservation, let Diane know at (919) 782-7055 and she will see if the hotel will add some additional rooms to the block. The "Run of the House" room rate is $238. The least expensive room booked through Hotels.com is over $350.