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The last time the Florida building code changed, it required any new construction along the coast to elevate buildings a whole foot. Just three years later, that doesn’t look like enough. There’s a call to go up yet another foot. The rising base elevations of homes are a clear sign that — despite waffling political rhetoric from the federal and state level — the people who plan and build in coastal Florida consider the threat of sea rise very real.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls are the leading cause of private sector worker fatalities in the construction industry. Everyone who works at heights, whether it’s on a roof, scaffolding, or the edge of a tall building, should have properly fitting safety harnesses, yet not all contractors have the supply they need to better protect women in construction.

On Nov. 7, the General Services Administration announced that Beta.SAM.gov  is now the official source for federal contracting opportunities. The URL FBO.gov will be retired and transitioned into beta.SAM.gov under “contract opportunities.”  GSA expects transition will be completed the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 12

On Nov. 4, the Federal Highway Administration released a table showing the cut, known as a rescission, to each state’s federal highway funding as required by the FAST Act. Specifically, the FAST Act requires an approximately $7.6 billion cut in federal highway funding on July 1, 2020.

The transportation board describes FIGG’s alleged design flub without filling in the why. "For reasons unexplained.” Those are the words used last week by one of the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigators, engineer Daniel S. Walsh, in seeking the “why” behind the key design error the board says caused last year’s deadly pedestrian bridge collapse in Miami

wo Florida cities have recently been conned out of a total of more than $1.4 million by scammers posing as construction company representatives.

Administration’s Decision to Extend Temporary Protected Status for Salvadorans in the U.S. Will Avoid Damaging Loss of 37,000 Construction Workers, But Long-Term Uncertainty Remains a Problem

The Senate this week approved a package of four appropriations bills including its version of the FY 2020 funding package for US DOT programs. The Senate bill, like the House bill passed in June, includes the full $46.365 billion FAST Act obligation limitation for the federal-aid highway program, a $1.1 billion increase over 2019. In addition, the bill includes a supplemental $2.7 billion discretionary appropriations for highway programs and an additional $560 million for transit grants.

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