States and construction companies forced to cope with stopgap federal bills that provided transportation funding on the installment plan now have a bit more breathing room. The Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act, signed into law on March 18, includes yet another highway-transit extension. But this one stretches through December, and these days, that almost qualifies as a long-term bill. State and industry officials would much rather have a multiyear measure, but in this election-shortened year, the nine-month bill appears to be the best they will get. New law also bolsters Highway Trust Fund with $19.5-billion transfer from general
The growing need to collect, store and analyze the huge volumes of data collected from infrastructure project stakeholders is generating a new growth area for construction-sector firms, IT vendors and professionals.