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CONSTRUCTION LAW MAP-21 is meant to streamline project approval and commencement. BY HARRY Z. “ZACK” RIPPEON III MOVING AHEAD O ver the past three years, many construction projects involving the country’s infrastructure were authorized under temporary legislative extensions. The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) was signed into law by President Obama on July 6, and authorizes more than $100 billion in construction spending through Sept. 30, 2014. Its predecessor, the 2005 Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA:LU), allocated nearly $244 billion over five years, and was extended through a subsequent series of nine extensions, the latest of which expired on June 30. Working under temporary extensions has made it difficult for proper planning, funding and execution of many larger projects in the federal transportation program. MAP-21 is intended to provide a more streamlined approach for project approval and commencement by focusing more on local priorities and less on satisfying federal mandates. To achieve that goal, MAP-21 includes program reforms such as an expansion of contract delivery methods (e.g., public-private partnerships, or P3s, design/build, etc.), allowance of two-phase contracting (initial phase for preconstruction, second phase for construction), the creation of dispute-resolution processes, more efficient approval procedures for projects with minimal environmental impact, and the promotion of interagency coordination during initial project phases. Further, the new law consolidates existing highway programs by nearly two-thirds, eliminating some 60 federal programs, focusing instead on five “core” areas: national highway performance, transportation mobility, highway safety improvement, congestion 6 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2012 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - September/October 2012
Construction Law
Green Construction
Best Practices
Lighting Technology
HDC Development Cos.
NorthPoint Development
Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank – Moffett Towers
Demar Plumbing Corp.
Howard S. Wright – Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center
Rommel Cos.
NOW Specialties Inc.
NOW Specialties Inc.
Sioux Chief Manufacturing Co.
Victor International
Starwood Land Ventures
LaValley Building Supply
Congress Construction
McCormack Baron Salazar Inc.
Related California – The Village at Santa Monica
Ricco Construction
Taisei Construction Corp.
WPM Construction
WPM Construction – WR Sage West Apartments
Flagger Force
Miami International Airport – North Terminal improvements
Graham Construction and Engineering – Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade
Hydrema US Inc.
CARCON Industries
Dennis’ 7 Dees
G.W. Peoples Contracting Co. Inc.
International Airport Development Co. Ltd. – Argyle International Airport
TL Wallace Construction Inc.
TL Wallace Construction Inc.
Morrison Hershfield – Newfoundland
APEX Block Corp.
Teqton Inc. U.S.
Dakota Transload
Empyrean Services
West Side Tractor Sales Co.
U.S. General Services Administration/VCC – FBI field building
Kohler Ronan LLC
Turner Construction – Martin Army Community Hospital
Last Look

Construction Today - September/October 2012