A state court has ordered the New York State Dept. of Transportation to cancel an interchange upgrade project already under way and rebid the job because the agency violated competitive bidding laws by requiring compliance with a project labor agreement or PLA.A state Supreme Court judge in Albany ruled on March 2 that including the labor pact was illegal in this case and "tainted" the bidding process by its inclusion. A state DOT statement says the agency is reviewing its options.At issue is a $72.4-million contract to upgrade an Orange County interchange that was awarded to joint-venture firm A. Servidone/B.
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.