Major Accomplishment 2018 - AGC gets technical correction on Truck Weights at both the State and Federal Level
The AGC of NH has released its Truck Weight Overview back in 2016. The report shows results of a survey the association conducted on local construction and trucking companies to determine how many are affected by the removal of a footnote on the state axle spacing chart. The report also examines safety and financial implications, federal and state truck weight laws, and comparisons with other New England states. The association worked with the state legislature to find a solution and was successful at passing necessary language at the state level in 2016. AGC continued to work with our Congressional delegation to get a technical correction at the federal level so our state truck weights would be the same for the interstate highways. On March 23, 2018, President Donald Trump signed the Omnibus bill to keep the government open but it also included the AGC of NH technical correction. For a copy of the 2016 overview report Click here
On April 17th, 2018 AGC Submitted Letter with Major Concerns on Proposed Wetland Rules
The AGC of New Hampshire reviewed the wetlands draft rules recently released by the NH Department of Environmental Services (DES) and found numerous problems. AGC submitted a letter to the department outlining some of our major concerns with the rules and why we don't support them as proposed. An in-depth list of issues by the AGC Environment Committee was included with the letter, as well as a list of concerns by the NH Department of Transportation, who sent in their own letter.
Below are the links to see the letter and lists.
AGC Letter to DES
AGC detail concerns
DOT detail concerns
AGC of NH Offers Wetland Recommendations for DES in 2017
Under the guidance of the Environment Committee, AGC has released a booklet with various recommendations for the NH DES on wetlands issues, including permitting, the ARM Fund, and the appeals process. AGC was able to meet with Commissioner Robert Scott to discuss the suggestions. The department has agreed to move for with 90% of our recommendations. The first recommendations has been added to House Bill 1104 to enable qualified professionals to obtain wetlands permits in 10 days. This legislation should be passed by June of 2018. The full AGC of NH recommendations can be downloaded here.