What’s ahead for TIGER grants? With its latest round of Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant awards, announced on Oct. 20, the U.S. Dept. of Transportation brought good news to state and local agencies that won funds for 75 projects. But DOT disappointed dozens of other agencies whose proposals failed to make the cut. Photo: Courtesey Ned Ahrens, King County Department of Transportation Replacement for Seattle’s 81-year-old South Park Bridge won a $34-million TIGER grant. There is support in Congress to continue the discretionary TIGER grants, which are aimed at projects that will have major national or regional benefits. But
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.