Construction News

April 21, 2017

OSHA DELAYS SILICA ENFORCEMENT—Enforcement Begins on Sept. 23, 2017

On April 6, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it will delay enforcement of the respirable crystalline standard for construction for three months—until Sept. 23, 2017. In its announcement, OSHA explained that the construction silica standard has several unique features warranting development of additional guidance and educational materials before enforcement begins. AGC continues to believe that implementation of this standard is technically infeasible and continues to challenge it in court.

Although OSHA enforcement of the standard is delayed, the notice does not alter the compliance date of June 23, 2017. OSHA will not take enforcement action against contractors that fail to meet the standard on their sites between June 23, 2017 and Sept. 22, 2017, but legally, the standard will still be in effect.

While an interested group could file a lawsuit challenging the three month delay, that appears to be unlikely given the short duration of the delay and the broad enforcement discretion federal agencies—like OSHA—have traditionally enjoyed. AGC will continue to fight this standard in court and advise OSHA on the problematic issues the construction industry faces with implementation.


IDOT has announced that effective with the August 4, 2017 Letting, E-Bids will be mandatory.AGCI will be hosting a training seminar in late May.  A date has not been set yet.  Since the announcement, IDOT has received several calls regarding bid bonds.  The options for bid bonds remain unchanged:

Annual – Notarized original mailed or delivered to IDOT  (BDE 356A)

Individual – Notarized original mailed or delivered to IDOT (BDE 356B)

Annual – Electronic


Surety 2000

Individual – Electronic


Surety 2000

Mailed bid bonds should be addressed to:  Illinois Department of Transportation, Bureau of Design and Environment, Room 326, 2300 South Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL 62764

The E-Bids manual can be found here:


Effective April 10, 2017, Mr. Brian R. Davis (3003 Terminal Avenue, Springfield, IL  62707) was named County Engineer in Sangamon County.


Sporting Clays Outing at the Jacksonville Sportsman Club on Friday, May 19.  $125 per person includes lunch, 100 target round, shells (12 or 20 gauge), awards and refreshments after the shoot.  We are also seeking sponsors at $75 to help cover some of the prize fees.

Special thanks to Karl Bogle of Mississippi Valley Equipment for donating a gift certificate for a shotgun to be given after the sporting clays event.

Thanks also to the following sponsors:


G.M. Sipes Construction

Roland Machinery

USI Insurance


See the attached reservation form for more details.

FRANK TYROLT EDUCATION FOUNDATION GOLF OUTING is scheduled for Friday, June 23rd at The Rail Golf Course in Springfield.

$150 per person includes breakfast, golf and lunch.  Shotgun start at 9:00 a.m.  The form may be found at contact Susan Dokey.  Sponsorships are also available. 

Putting Contest Sponsor—Illini Drilled Foundations

Hole Sponsors

Commercial Fabricators

P.H. Broughton & Sons

Petersburg Plumbing & Excavating

Diamond Construction

Dunn Company

Proceeds from both of these fundraisers benefit the Education Foundation scholarship program.


The weekly summary can be found by following this link:



Join us as the Chicago Cubs take on the St. Louis Cardinals in Chicago on Friday, June 2nd.  We will be watching the game from the Right Field Rooftop.

Tickets are $223.12 each, which includes food and drink.  Game time is 1:20 p.m.

Contact Brittany Stribling(217-789-2650, ext. 211) at the AGCI office for more information and to secure your tickets.

Individuals are responsible for making their own hotel reservations.  We suggest you make them as soon as possible.


Come join the fun at the 2017 Cardinals Baseball Outing on Friday, July 28, 2017.  The Cardinals host the Diamondbacks that night.  Game time is 7:15 p.m.

A block of rooms has been obtained at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch for  $149 per night.

This year we will be watching the game from the UMB Champions Club.

Complete the attached registration form and return it to Brittany Striblingat the AGCI office.


Registration is now open for the 2018 Midwinter Seminar.  Save the dates of January 21 – 28 and join AGCI at the Resort at Pedregal in Los Cabos.  “Renew, Re-energize and Rediscover”; start planning your trip to Paradise now.  Bill and Jennifer Kinney (Kinney Contractors) have selected the site for 2018 and are looking forward to seeing you in Los Cabos. 

Visit their website www.theresortatpedregal.comto learn more about the resort. 

Please return your registration form by December 3to secure your room.

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