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Modest gains for U.S. home construction
After a disappointing set of housing data last month, recent reports suggest a return to trend for home building as the U.S. enters the spring home buying season.
April 24, 2015 – Wood Business

Illinois lawmakers ready to work up another transportation funding bill
Despite the failing condition, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is still going to hit the road.
April 21, 2015 – Roads & Bridges

March Nonresidential Work Up 32% for Month, Down 5% over 12 Months
March recorded $25 billion of nonresidential construction starts, which was 32.4% higher than February, according to CMD data.
April 16, 2015 – forconstructionpros.com

March Housing Starts Edge Up 2% after a Disappointing February
Nationwide housing starts rose 2% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 926,000 units in March from an upwardly revised February reading, according to newly released data from the U.S. Commerce Department.
April 16, 2015 – forconstructionpros.com

PCA: Cement Consumption, Clinker Imports to Grow
U.S. cement consumption will continue its growth trend in 2015, according to the Portland Cement Association (PCA).
April 14, 2015 – Rock Products

Mississippi authorizes $200 million in bonds for bridges, roadway infrastructure
The Mississippi Legislature recently voted to raise $200 million in bond financing to pay for transportation investments, most of which would target the state's list of structurally deficient bridges.
April 14, 2015 – Roads & Bridges

Booming crane market a welcome sign to strengthening U.S. construction industry
As one of the most expensive heavy equipment categories there is, when contractors and rental outfits are buying lots of cranes, you can safely conclude things are going pretty well in the construction industry.
April 13, 2015 – Equipment World

Senators propose $3.9 billion construction budget, topping House's $3.8 billion plan
A bipartisan group of state senators rolled out a construction budget Wednesday that calls for $3.9 billion in capital spending over the next two years.
April 10, 2015 – Fox Business/AP

Dodge Momentum Index Dips 2.1% in March
The Dodge Momentum Index dipped slightly in March, falling 2.1% to122.3 (2000 = 100) from February's 124.9, according to Dodge Data & Analytics.
April 8, 2015 – forconstructionpros.com

Dodge Momentum Index drops slightly in March
According to Dodge Data & Analytics, the Dodge Momentum Index dropped 2.1 percent in the month of March to 122.3.
April 7, 2015 – Pit & Quarry

U.S. Labor Market Throws Economic Curveball
The beginning of baseball season seems to return life back to a normal, predictable cadence. This month, however, the labor market threw a curveball and upset the reliable recent progress.
April 7, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers

Ohio Governor Signs Transportation Budget That Targets Billions for Roadwork
The website Cleveland.com is reporting that Gov. John Kasich signed a transportation budget Wednesday that will target billions of dollars for highway work that will spur hiring, bolster driver safety and allow new payment options when renewing your driver's license.
April 6, 2015 – Construction Equipment Guide

Transportation chief presses for $478B highway bill
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx thinks it is still possible for Congress to pass a long-term transportation bill, though lawmakers already have begun talking about settling for a temporary patch.
April 3, 2015 – The Hill

$4.9 billion NJ transportation budget ignores bridge fixes, says commissioner
The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has announced a proposed $4.9 billion capital program for the fiscal year 2016 that directs $2.8 billion toward NJDOT and other agency investments and $2.1 billion toward statewide transit improvements.
April 3, 2015 – Roads & Bridges

Ohio Transportation Bill to Pay for 96,000 Jobs
Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio signed a $7 billion transportation budget that will target highway work and is expected to pay for 96,000 jobs over the next two years.
April 3, 2015 – Construction Equipment

McCain, Flake amendment puts border-to-border Interstate 11 into motion
The CanaMex Interstate 11 freeway study corridor has officially been extended from Wickenburg to Nogales.
March 30, 2015 – Phoenix Business Journal

A hike in the gas tax is not the answer to trans funding, says Utah Senator
As lawmakers search for solutions to pay for a new transportation bill by May 31, state leaders such as Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) want to make sure that raising the federal gas tax is not the fix.
March 27, 2015 – Roads & Bridges

Construction Put-in-Place to Grow 8 Percent in 2015
Total construction put in place for 2015 is predicted to grow 8 percent according to the latest report from FMI.
March 27, 2015 – Compact Equipment

State DOTs cancel or delay $780M in trans projects, another $1.8B are at risk
Four states have cancelled or delayed $780 million in transportation improvement projects and another nine say more than $1.8 billion are at risk because of continued uncertainty in Congress over what do about the Highway Trust Fund (HTF).
March 25, 2015 – Roads & Bridges

Illinois Governor Cuts Transportation Funding
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner created a short-term budget fix to resolve an immediate $1.6 state deficit.
March 25, 2015 – Construction Equipment

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