U.S. Economy Continues to be Snake Bitten by Infrastructure

If it was a snake, it would have bitten us by now. A power outage at this year’s Super Bowl delays one of the world’s biggest sporting and most-viewed televised events U.S.ports are bypassed for Canada because the nation’s ports lack ability to handle “new breed mega ships” Mississippi River barge traffic is routinely halted by shallow water levels and lock/dam failures...

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‘Right-foot’ Voters & the 2012 Presidential Election

A Look at the Democratic & Republican Parties’ Transportation Platforms The presidential debates have concluded; the polls for the 2012 Election are nearing their end – thankfully; and after an early Tuesday in November, Americans will return to their daily lives hoping they made the correct decision. While the turnout for the 2012 Election is expected to surpass the...

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Developers Cross Legs While ODOT Crosses Fingers Private Sector Showing no Early Interest in Ohio Rest Areas Development

If early indications are true in the state’s attempt to sell sponsorships for its highway assets, Ohio rest areas seem to be more for the weary traveler than the wary developer. In July, it was reported there were no takers (i.e. potential developers) to the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) offer for private-sector groups to develop, operate and maintain five...

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If You’re Going to Fix It, Why Not Improve It?

When it comes to the nation’s drinking water, maybe we should throw the baby out with the bathwater. Findings from a study by the American Water Works Association (AWWA)) dare to ask the question: If the U.S. needs to spend the $1 trillion in infrastructure costs to repair and expand its drinking water system – as the water association estimates and is also acknowledged...

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CHANGING THE LINEUP

U.S. Needs To Re-Think How It Goes About Its Infrastructure Planning It’s winter; temperatures are in the teens; let’s talk baseball. While Ohio’s skies are filled with snowballs instead of baseballs this time of year, thoughts of perfect summer evenings at the ballpark will get us through current conditions. Talking baseball may even help improve the nation’s...

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Welcome to the OCIA Blog

The Ohio Construction Information Association is happy to announce the launch of our new blog. Over the years OCIA has become a valuable resource for contractors, legislators and Ohio residents – virtually anyone concerned about restoring and improving our highways, streets, bridges, and utilities. Keeping you informed has always been our goal and the new OCIA blog will...

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