Excavating the Issues

Oct 12
Photo courtesy of KDoT
As part of more major improvements to the busy 435 corridor in southern Johnson County, crews from Clarkson Construction this summer detonated sophisticated explosives to demolish the aging Roe Bridge structures, in order to make way for wider lanes and a new, “diverging diamond” interchange. Crews placed a bed of dirt under the bridges before the blast, to help protect the pavement on 435 below, so that the rubble could be cleared quickly and interruptions to traffic minimized.
Jun 20

In the face of ongoing challenges, the Heavy Constructors Association of Greater Kansas City and our allies are determined to mount a successful campaign for approval of the Missouri transportation sales tax increase, which is coming up for a vote Aug. 5.

We were relieved when the General Assembly approved a ballot measure for a proposed constitutional amendment that would impose a three-fourth-cent sales tax to pay for transportation improvements. The increase would provide more than $5 billion over 10 years for Missouri's critical transportation needs.

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Feb 19

As transportation advocates prepare for another year of cuts and delays to critically-needed road projects, there is still hope that the Show Me State will get its transportation act back on the road.

The best hope is that the 2014 Missouri General Assembly will enact legislation to place a ballot initiative to raise the state’s sales tax by a penny to fund critical road and bridge safety improvements. If approved, the new penny tax would generate some $650 million a year for state transportation projects and about $72 million for repairs and safety improvements to city and county roads.

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Jan 15

Kansas City's Heavy Constructors Association represents more than 150 companies that build area highways, streets, bridges, sewers and water systems. The Association's Board of Directors is made up of experienced constructors who actively promote quality and fairness in the industry and advocate for better, safer infrastructure in the Midwestern region.

The HCAKC is proud to announce the election of new officers for 2014.

Executive Committee 2014-2015:

  • Trey Bowen, vice president of Kansas City-based Superior Bowen Asphalt Co., has been elected president of the Heavy Constructors Association.
  • Barclay Hornung, vice president of Olathe-based Comanche Construction Inc., will serve as vice president of the association.
  • David Kissick, project engineer/estimator of Kansas City-based Kissick Construction Co., will serve as treasurer of the association.

Division Directors for 2014-2015

  • Mark Dombrowski, (Asphalt Division) O'Donnell & Sons Construction
  • David Grossman, (Bridge-River Division) L.G. Barcus & Sons
  • Rob Loch, III, (Concrete Paving Division) Loch Sand and Construction
  • Steve Kellerman, (Excavation Division) Clarkson Construction Company
  • Jim Kissick, (Utility Division) Kissick Construction

The At Large Directors 2014-2015

  • Gavin Barmby, Pyramid Contractors
  • John Bowen, Superior Bowen Asphalt Company
  • Bill Clarkson, Jr., Clarkson Construction Company
  • Kevin Fahey, J.M. Fahey Construction Co.
  • George Hornung, Comanche Construction

Past President

  • Jerry Wiedenmann, Wiedenmann, Inc.

Professional Staff

  • Edward R. DeSoignie, Executive Director
  • Bridgette Williams, Deputy Director
  • Jeanne Edmonds, Executive Secretary/Office Manager

The HCAGKC is a chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).

Dec 09

After five years of quiet, the sounds of grading equipment and concrete trucks are back in new residential subdivisions in the Kansas City area, which means more work for heavy constructors.

In April, 444 single-family building permits were issued—the highest for any month since April 2008, according to the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City. There were 337 permits in May, the best May since 2007, association data shows.

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