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    Construction NewsBRIEFS! 1-17-2012

    CTI Technology Transfer Center at UConn recently presented a safety brief to municipalities about a new state law, Public Act 11-256, effective Oct. 1, 2011, which  extends the law that doubles the fine for speeding or committing other moving offenses in a state highway construction zone to construction zones on municipal roads. The law imposes the same signage requirements and liability protections for the municipal work zones as apply to state highway work zones, according to a summary of the Act, and requires towns to ensure appropriate signage is placed in the work zone in order for the law to be enforced.

    New York State plans to spend $15 billion on infrastructure improvements, including repair of bridges, road and municipal water system improvements and flood control projects, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in his 2012 State of the State Address. Cuomo's plan also calls for one entity to determine funding decisions -- a departure from current protocol, where each agency decides its own priorities independent of overall state needs.

    The Mine Safety Accountability and Improved Protection Act, H.R. 3697, was introduced by Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV). The bill, which was filed in response to the recently issued report on the Upper Big Branch coal mine tragedy, would streamline the conference and appeals process, improve implementation of mine safety and health regulation, hold violators accountable by increasing penalties – both civil and criminal – for violations of the law, all with the ultimate goal to increase safety for miners.

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