California Transportation Director Cindy McKim says that if the current budget impasse continues through the end of August, “transportation-fund cash balances may be depleted, resulting in potential suspension of ongoing construction projects.” McKim says that if the logjam extends into September, the department would have to stop or delay the start of $3 billion worth of transportation projects, plus delay contractor payments on $9.5 billion worth of current construction. “The absence of fiscal year 2010-11 budget authority has an immediate result of restricting Caltrans’ ability to initiate construction projects, award contracts and make payments to vendors,” says McKim. The fiscal
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.