Already scrambling for highway funding, state departments of transportation and road contractors now are stymied by a nationwide shortage of pavement-marking paint. Photo: WSDOT Highway contractors are coming up short because of kinks in the road-paint supply chain, thanks to recession and a critical chemical shortage. The source of the shortfall is a mixture of economics, chemistry, production disruptions and international trade, and the result will likely be rationed paint and higher prices through most of the summer—and perhaps beyond. Brian Deery, senior director of the Highway & Transportation Division at the Associated General Contractors of America, says DOTs may
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.