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Construction falls 9 percent in August
According to McGraw Hill Construction, new construction starts in August dropped nine percent, bringing construction activity back to its normal pace after July's boost in energy-related manufacturing projects.
September 19, 2014 – Pit & Quarry

Georgia building Northwest Corridor for faster travel
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) broke ground Sept. 17 on an $834 million project that will create 30 miles of dedicated managed toll lanes on I-75 and I-575 in Cobb and Cherokee counties. Construction will commence at four separate locations next month.
September 18, 2014 – Roads & Bridges

New Safety Requirements Set for Keystone Pipeline
Safety regulators have quietly placed two extra conditions on construction of TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone XL oil pipeline after learning of potentially dangerous construction defects involving the southern leg of the Canada-to-Texas project.
September 17, 2014 – Construction Equipment Guide

Homebuilder Confidence in U.S. Increases to a Nine-Year High
Confidence among U.S. homebuilders rose in September to a nine-year high, showing the industry is gaining ground and will be a source of momentum for the economy.
September 17, 2014 – Bloomberg

Shuster on Amtrak bill: 'Nobody got everything'
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) said Tuesday that a bill that would cut Amtrak's construction budget by 40 percent was bipartisan because "nobody got everything" that they wanted.
September 16, 2014 – The Hill

Facing mammoth debt, Prop. 1 would save Texas DOT
It will take Texas 20 years to pay off $23 billion in debt accrued in an attempt to rebuild roads and bridges.
September 15, 2014 – Roads & Bridges

Is construction "dead in the water"? Greenspan comment highlights industry's mixed feelings about recovery
Despite many positives in the industry right now, Alan Greenspan is pointing a finger of blame in construction's direction.
September 10, 2014 – Equipment World

Florida Project to Receive Largest P3 TIFIA Loan
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced at the Build America Infrastructure Investment Summit a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan for $950 million to help pay for the reconstruction and widening of 21 miles of Interstate 4 in metropolitan Orlando, Fla.
September 10, 2014 – Construction Equipment

Dodge Momentum Index rises in August
The Dodge Momentum Index made a small gain in August, coming back from a 5.7 percent decline in July, according to McGraw Hill Construction. The index increased to 118.8 for the month, which is up .2 percent from the July reading.
September 9, 2014 – Pit & Quarry

Few Women in Construction; Recruiting Efforts
Janice Moreno graduated from college with a degree in English literature, but never landed a job paying more than $12 an hour. Now, at 36, she's back in the classroom - in safety glasses and a T-shirt - learning how to be a carpenter.
September 9, 2014 – Construction Equipment Guide

Md. calms its highway spending after breakout 2013
After opening the wallet last year, many would think the state of Maryland was putting a clamp on the coin in 2015. The agency, however, made its move in 2013, which is why there is only a call for about $280 million in new projects for the coming years.
September 3, 2014 – Roads & Bridges

Illinois to Spend Another $102 Million on High-Speed Rail
The state of Illinois will spent $102 million to build a bridge over the Kankakee River along with other improvements as part of high-speed rail upgrades between Chicago and St. Louis.
September 2, 2014 –

U.S. construction spending hits highest level in 5-1/2 years
U.S. construction spending rebounded strongly to hit its highest level in more than 5-1/2 years in July as private construction increased and state and local government outlays surged, in a further sign of vigor in the economy.
September 2, 2014 – Reuters

Kansas DOT Schedules $1.2 Billion in Road and Bridge Projects
Hundreds of projects that will improve Kansas roads and bridges, as well as create short- and long-term jobs, have been scheduled by the Kansas Department of Transportation for the next two years.
August 25, 2014 –

July construction climbs 6 percent
According to McGraw Hill Construction, new construction starts in July rose 6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $588.8 billion.
August 22, 2014 – Pit & Quarry

Ohio Adds 10 Projects to Local Bridge Partnership Program
Ohio's $120-million Local Bridge Partnership Program is adding ten bridges to a program that is already fixing or replacing 220 bridges in local communities throughout the state.
August 22, 2014 –

Illinois to Invest $31 Million in 26 Cook County Construction Projects
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced investments of more than $31 million for construction projects in Cook County funded by the Illinois Jobs Now! program.
August 22, 2014 –

Nevada officials change course of Project Neon
If you think public-private partnerships are a promising alternative, then Project Neon just lost some of its luster.
August 19, 2014 – Roads & Bridges

Housing Starts Rebound in U.S. as Inflation Eases
Home construction rebounded in July and the cost of living rose at a slower pace, showing a strengthening U.S. economy has yet to generate a sustained pickup in inflation.
August 19, 2014 – Bloomberg

Highway Construction Drops 11% in June
Highway construction work dropped sharply in June, wiping out market gains from the previous seven months amid uncertainty over the federal aid highway program and the Highway Trust Fund, according to an American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) analysis of federal data.
August 18, 2014 – Construction Equipment Guide

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