Weekly Poll (10)


Nearly 50 transportation groups have recently asked the White House to extend the waiver for the new Buy America, Build America Act requirements for construction materials included in the bipartisan infrastructure law. Do you think the administration will extend the waiver amid inflation and material shortages?


The Scott Base research facility in Antarctica New Zealand was originally painted with linseed oil-based paint in freezing level temperatures. For its new coating, a powder coat-type paint will be factory-applied. Do you believe this method will be more effective in protecting the structure?


The U.S. Department of Transportation issued a temporary waiver for the requirement for infrastructure projects to be constructed with certain materials made in the United States through Nov. 10, unless extended. Do you believe this will provide agencies enough time to effectively implement the requirement?


Last month, the Biden-Harris Administration released a new Permitting Action Plan to accelerate federal permitting and environmental reviews for infrastructure projects funded through the bipartisan infrastructure law. Do you believe this will help expedite projects?


On May 14, a U.S. government requirement went into effect requiring that projects funded by the bipartisan infrastructure law use only iron and steel produced in the nation. Do you believe this is a reasonable rule due to current supply chain issues?


President Joe Biden signed a new executive order requiring the use of project labor agreements for projects costing more than $35 million. The new requirement is expected to boost the quality of federal construction projects. Do you believe this order will make procurement more economical and efficient?


In March, large scale space construction company Orbital Assembly announced its plans to construct the world’s first-ever space hotel during a recent virtual event on its YouTube channel. Slated to be fully operational in 2027, do you think this expectation is realistic?


In September, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic issued a Request for Proposals worth up to $5 billion in foreign and domestic construction projects for an eight-year, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity Global Contingency Construction Multiple Award Contract. However, the contracts’ incumbent expiration date isn’t until March 2024. Do you think the early RFP will provide the Navy with more project flexibility?


Recently, New York officials announced that the Hudson River rail tunnel project had climbed $275 million in price and delayed the project’s start date by another year. Still requiring the approval for a February 2018 draft environmental impact statement and confirmed financial backing, do you believe the project will stay on the new timeframe?


Last month, Elon Musk and The Boring Company announced its plans for an underground express tunnel in Las Vegas. With various tunnels already completed and others still in the making, none are officially up and running. How soon do you think passengers will be able to experience this hyperloop travel?


 
 
   

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