House Republicans' planned multiyear surface-transportation oil-and-gas drilling measure won't be ready this year. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said the bill would hike domestic oil and gas production "and use those [energy] revenues to repair and improve … roads and bridges."On Dec. 17, Boehner said he was hopeful the not-yet-introduced measure would clear the House by the end of December. But Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) said on Nov. 30 the bill won't move until early 2012.Lawmakers' deadline is March 31, when a highway-transit stopgap expires. It is the eighth extension since Sept. 30, 2009, when the
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.