Contractors Provide Construction Skills Training – “Responsible Bidder” Law Unnecessary

            A recent Op-Ed article in the Cincinnati Enquirer presents a strong argument against Cincinnati’s “responsible bidder” ordinance which requires contractors to participate in government-prescribed training methods for construction workers. Co-authored by the Ohio Contractors Association, Allied Construction Industries and Ohio...

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Ohio’s Bridge Partnership to invest $120 million in Local Bridges

The Ohio Department of Transportation has launched a new partnership with cities and counties that will fully fund the repair or replacement of locally owned bridges.  Aptly named Ohio’s Bridge Partnership, the first-of-its-kind initiative will invest $120 million in local bridges over the next three years.  More than 200 county and city bridges are expected to be...

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OCIA Launches New Website!

The Ohio Construction Information Association is pleased to announce the launch of its new website. We take pride in being a source of timely information about Ohio road construction, infrastructure and the major transportation issues that affect each of us. And we believe the new website does that job better than ever! You will find pages dedicated to the current...

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Highway Funding 101

Ohio Contractors Association President Chris Runyan comments on the permissible uses of federal funds, general revenue fund taxes vs. user fees and the gas tax.  Since being motivated by a recent trip to Washington, D.C. to discuss federal transportation funding with our state’s congressional delegation and hearing all kinds of tantalizing factoids, let’s turn this...

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Thoughts We Shared on HB 35’s CMGC, Force Account & CAT Revenue

Ohio Contractors Association President Chris Runyan comments on the OCA’s testimony to Ohio legislators regarding the HB 35: the ODOT Budget Bill. Every other year, the state legislature grapples with ODOT’s two-year budget.  From mid-February to late-March is budget time, so OCA closely watches and comments on issues that arise during this process. This year was no...

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A Major Opportunity to Improve Ohio Roads and Bridges – America’s Infrastructure Report Card

Two events during the past month have important ramifications for Ohio’s transportation infrastructure.  First, the American Society of Civil Engineers published its much anticipated 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure. Second, Governor Kasich signed Ohio’s $7.6 billion, 2-year transportation budget. Together these events set the stage for significant...

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