What happened: In response to a request for information (RFI) on the pending expansion of Buy America requirements, ARTBA, Aug. 18 urged the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) to take a collaborative approach with the transportation construction industry and consider various options for implementing the new requirements. ARTBA noted the importance of this approach given the record federal surface transportation investment in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which is expected to increase demand for several commodities, unprecedented cost spikes, and limited availability of many materials.

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