APWA AZ Newsletter 2021 March/April
|NEWSLETTER March/April 2021|
I think we can all agree that compared to other industries, the construction industry has come out “ok” throughout this pandemic. Although many projects and jobs were put on hold early last year, we are seemingly back on track. Here’s the good: Many municipalities are experiencing significant increases in project entitlements for housing and retail developments and are also seeing a rise in data and distribution centers. The demand for design professionals and construction laborers are on the rise to accommodate these new projects – in fact, construction labor unemployment rates dropped over 40% by the end of 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unknown: The true repercussions of the pandemic is still unknown – agencies must be conservative with funding and cautious with project approvals during budget planning. Time will tell in regards to CIP project budget trends, as many agencies are conducting their budget planning for the next fiscal year as we speak. The not so good: The proposed project budgets themselves have been quite the challenge for CIP project managers, as we continue to see significant building cost escalation for materials like steel, asphalt, concrete and even lumber. As a matter of fact, just last year we saw an 80%+ increase in lumber, which has recently become the new “toilet paper”, with companies beginning to hoard the material due to lack of availability.
As agencies, contractors, and design firms continue to find ways to adapt to the pandemic conditions, APWA continues to advocate for important Public Works related legislative matters. APWA National has a dedicated Government Affairs site (Government Affairs (apwa.net)) to keep it members informed of policy decisions that affect our industry. The APWA Arizona Chapter has a very active Government Affairs committee that strives to bring our members similar resources at a local level (I hope you were able to join us at last month’s virtual member meeting, where we heard from the Honorable Senator Karen Fann regarding the 2021 legislative update).
Speaking of luncheons, for our March Program, we welcomed our National APWA president, Mary Joyce Ivers, to our virtual luncheon meeting to tell us about the State of APWA, which was a great way to hear about new and updated programs that National has to offer. I hope you can join us at our April meeting, where we will be focusing on Professional Development, from a Leadership perspective. Stay tuned until the end of our luncheon program where we’ll spin the wheel (Wheel of Names) for the chance to win the door prize.
As always, thank you for being a valued APWA member and volunteer. Your participation and efforts invested into the Chapter are appreciated, not only by our association, but also by the organizations we support. I wanted to share a letter of gratitude we recently received from St. Mary’s Food Bank. Our Chapter recently donated $515.00 (raised at our virtual holiday event) for their cause – thank you to everyone who helped us in our efforts to assist other non-profit organizations!
SAB Virtual Meeting
APWA April Meeting
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NOAA's National Water Model
2020 Arizona Transportation Partnering Excellence Awards Announced
Grand Canyon National Park Airport Access Road System Reconstruction
Roadway ($5 Million to $25 Million)
SR64 Pipeline Road to Air Park Project
Roadway (Over $25 Million)
I-10 SR 87 to Town of Picacho
Other Transportation Infrastructure (Under $5 Million)
Old US 80 at Rainbow Wash
The Arizona Transportation Partnering Excellence Awards are sponsored by Arizona Department of Transportation, Associated General Contractors Arizona Chapter, Arizona Public Works Association, American Council of Engineering Companies, Associated Minority Contractors of Arizona, Arizona Transportation Builders Association, Federal Highway Administration and Maricopa County Department of Transportation.
National Work Zone Awareness Week April 26 - 30th
National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 26-30th, for 2021. To learn more about how you can participate in Drive Safe, Work Safe and Save Lives NWZAW campaign, go to the website: nwzaw.gov
~ Initiate efforts to raise awareness of the need for more caution when driving through work zones to decrease fatalities and injuries;
~ Establish and promote a uniform set of safety tips;
~ The value of training and importance of best practices in regard to work zone safety would be promoted among individuals in the private sector, industry, and roadway workers;
~ Reach out to both roadway workers and contractors to communicate possible effects of motorists’ behavior in response to traffic delays, and advise on what steps might possibly be taken to lessen negative behavior; and
~ Outreach efforts would be made to work with entities involved with work zone safety and to form partnerships.
The first official NWZAW kick-off event was held in 2000 in Springfield, Va. The site where the kick-off event is held now alternates each year from being hosted in the Washington, D.C., area to different locations across the United States. State transportation departments can submit applications to host the event on those alternate years.
Interested in Water Resources? Check out PWX@Home and the APWA Members’ Library!
Public works are the services and infrastructure required to sustain quality community life.