APWA AZ Newsletter 2021 March/April

APWA AZ Newsletter 2021 March/April

Public works are the services and infrastructure required to sustain quality community life.

NEWSLETTER                                                                                                                                                                      March/April 2021


March 31, 2021
Southern Arizona Branch Meeting
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April 21, 2021
APWA April Meeting
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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!


Kristin Tytler, P.E. 

SAB Virtual Meeting 
March 31, 2021
Speaker: Therese Cullen, MD, MS - Health Director for Pima County

APWA April Meeting 
April 21, 2021


New Members




Subhash Bayareddy


CONSOR Engineers, LLC

Michael Celaya

Area Sr. Manager Municipal SalesRepublic Services

New Member Spotlight
Be the next new APWA member to be featured!  This is a great opportunity to introduce yourself and to make new connections with potential clients and customers.

All it takes is to reach out to Suzanne Ledy at 480-644-3808 or Suzanne.ledy@mesaaz.gov

Who's Who in Public Works
If you work in Public Works and are interested in being spotlighted in our “Who’s Who in Public Works” Section, please contact Trace Baker at tbaker@logansimpson.com

2021 Six Month Sponsorships

Professional Development

NOAA's National Water Model
April 29, 2021
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2020 Arizona Transportation Partnering Excellence Awards Announced 
The Arizona Transportation Partnering Excellence Award committee has announced its 2020 award winners. The awards recognize transportation partnership teams that demonstrate a high degree of achievement by applying partnering principles and processes. The partnering process is formalized through a team charter, mission, goals, guidelines, and an issue resolution process. Action plans ensure work is continuous and evaluation methods and follow-up meetings and reporting address quality. Congratulations to all the winners! 

Roadway (Under $5 Million) 

Grand Canyon National Park Airport Access Road System Reconstruction 
Fann Contracting, Arizona Department of Transportation Grand Canyon National Park Airport, Stantec Consulting Services 

Roadway ($5 Million to $25 Million)

SR64 Pipeline Road to Air Park Project 
Fann Contracting, Arizona Department of Transportation 
US 93 Eleventh Street - Windy Point 
Fann Contracting, Arizona Department of Transportation 
I-40 4th Street Underpass & Butler Ave TI Overpass 
FNF Construction, Arizona Department of Transportation, City of Flagstaff 
Queen Creek Road Improvements 
Sunland Asphalt & Construction, City of Chandler, Ritoch-Powell & Associates, Kimley-Horn, MakPro Services, Roadway Electric, LLC 

Roadway (Over $25 Million) 

I-10 SR 87 to Town of Picacho 
Coffman Specialties, Federal Highway Administration, Union Pacific Railroad, Arizona Department of Transportation 
SR 101 Price Freeway Improvement Project 
Pulice Construction, Arizona Department of Transportation, AECOM 

Other Transportation Infrastructure (Under $5 Million) 

Old US 80 at Rainbow Wash 
Rummel Construction, Maricopa County Department of Transportation, Tristar Engineering and Management, WSP, Wood Environmental,  
I-40 Haviland Rest Area Truck Parking Expansion 
Fann Contracting, Arizona Department of Transportation 

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

How it all started…

National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is an event that takes place across the United States, with partnerships between state departments of transportation (DOT), national road safety organizations, government agencies, private companies and individuals.

How did this work zone safety awareness campaign get started?

In 1997, a group of Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) staff members, located in southwestern Virginia, wanted to dedicate a week to raise awareness about work zone safety among all district employees before construction projects picked up during the warmer months. Following the successful promotion of this first event, VDOT brought the idea of raising awareness to other DOTs, and in 1999 the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) began its statewide public awareness campaign, “Slow for the Cone Zone.”

However, it was 1998 when VDOT first presented the idea to create a national campaign to ATSSA officials. In December of 1999, ATSSA approached the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) to launch the first official NWZAW. They developed an agreement between the organizations, that outlined goals for NWZAW efforts:

  ~ 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! 
Early in the year, APWA national focuses on water resources. This year, PWX@Home has several on-demand elearning opportunities available for those of you who are interested in best practices in water resources. The Principles of Public Works Operations Water Series includes:  

  • Principles of Drinking Water Management
  • Principles of Stormwater/Flood Management
  • Principles of Wastewater Management 

Members' Library  
Access recordings of Click, Listen, & Learn programs, content from past conferences, and specific e-books and publications on demand 24/7 through the Members' Library. Water-related programs available include:   

  • Comparing Approaches to Inflow and Infiltration Mitigation Across the US 
  • Public Works Stormwater Summit: Flooding & Resiliency
  • A Peculiar Way to Survey Sewers – Using Drone Technology

Additional information about offerings from PWX@Home or through the Members’ Library is available on the APWA website

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