A top priority for PCA and the industry is to change the way government agencies build roads and other infrastructure by basing decisions on life-cycle analysis or LCA. By considering costs over the entire life of the project to build and maintain, LCA takes into account concrete’s superior durability and offers a more efficient and cost-saving funding mechanism.
In March, Senator David Vitter (R-LA) introduced S. 615, the Fiscal Accountability and Transparency in Infrastructure Spending Act. The bill would require that government agencies use LCA. In addition, S. 615 would require the use of alternate design/alternate bidding, which is proven to drive down costs giving concrete a chance to compete in the bidding process. This bill has been cosponsored by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
PCA is urging staff, members, and allied groups to contact Senators in Washington to support S.615. To coordinate this effort with the TCC Fly-In, we ask that you send your letter no later than May 19, 2011.
A sample letter and tips on contacting your Senator are on PCA’s Government Affairs site. Feel free to personalize the content of the letter by adding information related to your particular community or company. If you opt to send a printed letter rather than an e-mail, please send a copy to David Hubbard in PCA's Washington office.