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Dec
2014
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Under PLA, I-95 Expansion Completed Ahead of Schedule with Impressive Safety Numbers

McAuliffe and co. at the I-95 express lanes ribbon cutting.

McAuliffe and co. at the I-95 express lanes ribbon cutting.


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The express lanes on Interstate 95 in Northern Virginia recently opened to the public, after a ceremony where the state’s political leaders praised the project as a model of public/private infrastructure investment.  Built under a voluntary Project Labor Agreement (PLA) between the Laborer’s International Union of North America (LiUNA!) and joint venture Fluor-Lane, the work was completed ahead of schedule.  The project created 29 miles of toll roads along I-95, including nine new bridges and four new flyovers.  It took 29 months.  

Speaking at the ceremonial opening was Dennis Martire, Vice President and Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager of LiUNA!, who explained the importance of the labor agreement to the project’s success:

“The PLA ensured that this project went smoothly and that this large investment of public money supported good jobs in our communities,” said Martire. “This project underscores that PLAs are a win-win-win—they benefit workers, they benefit the employer, and they benefit taxpayers.”

Newly elected Governor Terry McAuliffe was among the ceremonial speakers. He highlighted the workers’ commitment to safety.  Each LiUNA! member who worked on the project completed first aid and CPR training as well as a 10-hour OSHA safety course.  The result was an OSHA recordable incident rate of .41, well below the national average of 3.6, making it one of the safest large infrastructure projects in the country.  

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