Construction Bills: Recent Changes to Construction Laws

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On July 6, 2012, more than three years after the expiration of the previous federal transportation law, President Obama signed into law the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), funding more than $105 billion in surface transportation programs for fiscal years 2013 and 2014. “This measure includes historic reforms— cutting red tape and consolidating or eliminating nearly 70 federal programs,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Representative John L. Mica (R-FL).1 Even though the law covers only 27 months, instead of five to six years as is typical with transportation appropriation bills, MAP-21 provides long-needed assurance to states, contractors, and the public that funding will be available for transportation projects through 2014.

After the expiration of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users more than three years ago, members of Congress pro- posed several options for the new federal transportation law, running the gamut from reducing highway and transit programs to fully funding highway projects at the expense of all transit programs. Ultimately Congress passed the bipartisan MAP-21 legislation. The purpose of MAP-21 is to create a streamlined and performance-based surface transportation program that builds on many of the high- way, transit, bike, and pedestrian policies and programs in place since the 1990s. The restructuring under the law offers states more flexibility on the use of federal funds, which could result in increased investment in highway, bridge, and pavement projects around the country.

This Construction Lawyer article features Bernstein Shur attorney Asha Echeverria.

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