Transportation Solutions Summit
January 31, 2012
On October 11, 2011, Gray & Son, Maryland Paving, Lafarge North America, and P. Flanigan and Sons held a Transportation Solutions Summit and Tour at Lafarge Texas Quarry. The purpose of event was to bring together key elected officials and business leaders to discuss the dire need for a long-term solution to transportation funding in the State of Maryland.
In attendance on the legislative side were two Maryland congressmen: Rep. C. A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger (D-MD) and Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD). In attendance from the state level were: Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz; State Senators Robert Zirkin, Katherine Klausmeier, J. B. Jennings and Nancy Jacobs; Delegates Wade Kach and Joseph Boteler; Baltimore County Councilmen David Marks and Todd Huff; and Baltimore County Councilwomen Vicki Arnold and Cathy Bevins. Three speakers from the host companies discussed the background of their companies and also gave their perspective of how the “funding crisis” has affected their respective companies. The speakers were: Bill Ensor, president of Maryland Paving; Dave Slaughter, vice president of marketing for Lafarge North America; and Pierce Flanigan, president and owner of P. Flanigan and Sons.
Congressmen Ruppersberger and Harris were the keynote speakers and spoke about the lack of a long-term plan for funding our highway system nationally and in the State of Maryland. Both agreed that a large part of the equation is finding the right revenue source and committing the funding solely to our highway system.
Key discussion points included:
- Highway construction materials are down 50 percent in the State of Maryland over the past five years.
- Construction unemployment in Maryland exceeds 30 percent.
- Maryland’s transportation network is suffering from congestion and deterioration, which is unacceptable to both current and future generations.
On this beautiful, sunny October day, more than 100 business leaders and elected officials participated in a tour of the Lafarge Texas Quarry and the Maryland Paving Texas Asphalt Plant, as well as observed a quarry blast. The event was great success! Most importantly, the message was loud and clear: “We need a long-term, fully funded highway program for the United States and the State of Maryland.”