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South Sinks US Housing Starts Another 9.3% in June
U.S. housing production fell 9.3% in June thanks to a nearly 30% plunge in the South. All other regions saw starts increase.
July 17, 2014 – forconstructionpros.com

Dodge Momentum Index Makes Third Straight Gain in June
The Dodge Momentum Index gained 3.3% in June to 128.7 (2000=100), its third consecutive monthly increase following hesitation in February and March, according to McGraw Hill Construction.
July 11, 2014 – forconstructionpros.com

Missouri could get $4.8 billion in transportation projects
The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission on Wednesday approved $4.8 billion in transportation projects that could would go into effect if state voters approve a transportation-focused ballot measure at the polls next month, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) announced Wednesday.
July 9, 2014 – Better Roads

Spanish construction firm Ferrovial wins North Carolina contract
The Spanish construction firm Ferrovial is to handle a US$655 million contract in North Carolina. The 50 year concession package is for the I-77 highway.
July 7, 2014 – World Highways

New financed construction equipment sales up 3% in May, used sales decline 9%
New and used financed construction equipment unit sales went opposite directions in the month of May, according to figures released by Equipment Data Associates.
July 3, 2014 – Equipment World

Nonresidential Construction Spending Continues to Expand in May
Nonresidential construction spending expanded in May for the second consecutive month (based on revised data), according to a July 1 release from the U.S. Census Bureau. Nonresidential construction spending rose 1.1 percent on a monthly basis in May and has increased 6.4 percent on a year-over-year basis.
July 3, 2014 – Compact Equipment

Wisconsin ahead of other states in transmission investments
Multiple transmission line projects in Wisconsin should be in the construction phase by 2020, including ATC's 345/138-kV North Appleton to Morgan line.
July 2, 2014 – Utility Products

Construction spending inches higher in May for third straight month
Total construction spending edged higher for the third straight month in May, as solid increases in private nonresidential and public construction outweighed a downturn in residential projects, according to an analysis of new Census Bureau data by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).
July 1, 2014 – Associated General Contractors

Lawmakers Asking for More Study on Proposed Transmission Line
A group of state lawmakers have asked the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to further study the feasibility of a proposed high-voltage transmission line between La Crosse and Madison.
June 27, 2014 – Wisconsin Ag Connection

4 states announce major project developments
Four states have announced major developments in transportation projects this week.
June 27, 2014 – Better Roads

N.Y. looks to build missing link between I-81 and I-690
Motorists in Syracuse wanting to get to the airport have to convert their vehicles into a "street jumper." Call it a grounded version of the airborne "puddle jumper."
June 26, 2014 – Roads & Bridge

New US homes sales surge to six-year high in May
Sales increased by 18.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual sales rate of 504,000 - the highest level since May 2008, according to the Commerce Department.
June 24, 2014 – BBC News

Illinois Tollway begins work on highlight of I-90 project
The Illinois Tollway will begin work on the $95 million Fox River Bridge project on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) in Elgin this week.
June 24, 2014 – Roads & Bridges

Clean Line wind transmission project projected for 2018
A 700-mile project to transmit renewable energy from western Oklahoma wind farms to Tennessee is still on track for a 2018 finish, a Clean Line Energy Partners official said Wednesday.
June 19, 2014 – Tulsa World

Consumers Energy wind power parts arrive in Michigan for Thumb wind farm
Construction of Consumers Energy's second wind park is underway and the company is urging safe driving as large equipment is transported on Michigan highways.
June 17, 2014 – Utility Products

Arizona Transportation Board approves 5-year construction program allocating $306 million for state projects
The Arizona Transportation Board has approved a five-year construction program that allocates a total of $306 million for transportation projects within that time, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) announced.
June 16, 2014 – Better Roads

Illinois Tollway seeks to award $100 million in contacts
The Illinois Tollway is looking to award 19 contracts worth about $100 million to provide design, construction management, geotechnical and materials engineering services for the agency's 15-year, $12 billion capital program Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future, the agency announced.
June 14, 2014 – Better Roads

Dodge Momentum Index remains strong in May
The Dodge Momentum Index, which measures the first report for nonresidential building projects being planning, gained 2 percent in May compared with April's strong figures, says McGraw Hill Construction.
June 13, 2014 – Pit & Quarry

Survey says 59% of Americans worry road surfaces create unsafe conditions
The majority of Americans are concerned about unsafe road conditions as a result of poor road surfaces, according to the results of a survey released Thursday by Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA).
June 13, 2014 – Better Roads

AAA: 68% of Americans want increase in federal transportation investment
Two-thirds of Americans, or 68 percent, want the federal government to invest more in roads, bridges and mass transit systems, according to the results of a AAA survey released on Tuesday.
June 10, 2014 – Better Roads

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