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U.S. construction equipment exports drop 13 percent in 2014
Exports of U.S.-made construction equipment ended 2014 with a 13.2-percent drop compared to 2013, with a total $17.26 billion shipped to global markets.
February 26, 2015 – AEM News

The top 10 transportation challenges facing New Mexico
New Mexico's roads, highways, and bridges are plagued by needed improvements to critical routes including inadequate capacity, deficient bridges, pavement deterioration, and inadequate safety features, according to a new report from The Road Improvement Program.
February 25, 2015 – Better Roads

Wells Fargo Survey: Construction Activity Widely Expected to Improve in 2015
Construction contractors and equipment distributors have continued optimism about local, nonresidential construction activity in 2015 and expect a strong rental market and increasing equipment acquisitions, according to a survey from Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, a subsidiary of Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC).
February 25, 2015 –

January Construction Climbs 9 Percent
The value of new construction starts climbed 9 percent in January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $621.0 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics.
February 23, 2015 – Rock Products

Midwest Pushes Housing Starts Down 2% in January
Nationwide housing starts fell 2% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.065 million units in January, according to newly released data from the U.S. Commerce Department.
February 18, 2015 –

Congress unanimously boosts Amtrak funding
This past Thursday, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, chaired by Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), approved nearly $8 billion in funding for Amtrak, at a rate of $1.7 billion over four years, an increase over recent allotments.
February 17, 2015 – Roads & Bridges

For one state, gas tax increase looks like it is a go
More news out of Washington State, as this week Senate Transportation Committee chairman Sen. Curtis King (R-Yakima), joined by Sen. Joe Fain (R-Auburn) and Democratic Sens. Marko Liias and Steve Hobbs, introduced a $15 billion transportation revenue package that would include a 11.7-cent gas tax increase that would unfold incrementally over a three year period.
February 13, 2015 – Roads & Bridges

Bill introduced to SC House seeks to increase gas tax while another wants to halt all road construction for 5 years
Members of the South Carolina House of Representatives have filed two bills with very different agendas. If either were to become law, it would have a huge impact on road construction in the state.
February 13, 2015 – Better Roads

Panel approves $7.8 billion for Amtrak
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Thursday quietly approved nearly $8 billion in funding for Amtrak.
February 12, 2015 – The Hill

Boulder City bypass project 3 months from startup
The economic development dream for tourism-boosting Interstate 11 has become more concrete. Or is that asphalt?
February 12, 2015 – Las Vegas Review-Journal

Arizona plans to use transportation development to drive economic growth in coming year
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) announced recently that 2015 "is shaping up to be a big year for . working on new and existing projects that will aid economic development and support efficient movement of goods and services across the state."
February 10, 2015 – Roads & Bridges

Commercial Construction Activity Rising in 2015, Says AIA
According to the latest American Institute of Architects' (AIA) Consensus Construction Forecast, conducted in December, the national building activity level for non-residential real estate is climbing.
February 10, 2015 – National Real Estate Investor

Dodge Momentum Index falls in January
According to Dodge Data & Analytics, the Dodge Momentum Index fell 4.8 percent in January to 121.1, down from a revised 127.2 in December. Compared to January 2013, the index was up 5.8 percent.
February 6, 2015 – Pit & Quarry

Construction Industry Adds 39,000 Jobs in January
The U.S. construction industry added 39,000 jobs in January, including 12,700 net new nonresidential jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) preliminary estimate released Feruary. 6. December's estimate was revised downward from 48,000 to 44,000 net new jobs.
February 6, 2015 –

Billions In Play In North Texas Hospital Building Boom
The new $1.3 billion Parkland hospital is just the tip of the iceberg. Hospital construction has reached unprecedented levels in North Texas.
February 4, 2015 – KERA News

Video: PCA Forecasts Doubling of Construction Spending Growth in 2015
The Portland Cement Association (PCA) forecasts a doubling of construction growth in 2015.
February 3, 2015 –

Florida Governor Proposes $9.9B Transportation Budget
Florida Governor Rick Scott proposed a $9.9 billion budget request for the Florida DOT.
January 30, 2015 –

SC transportation panel sees it a bit differently than state governor
Last week, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley put forth a set of proposals aimed at addressing the state's widespread roads and bridges deterioration in light of concomitant funding limitations.
January 28, 2015 – Roads & Bridges

80 Percent of Construction Firms Plan to Add Employees in 2015
Eighty percent of construction firms plan to expand their payrolls in 2015 while only 7 percent expect to reduce headcounts according to survey results released by the Associated General Contractors of America.
January 27, 2015 – Compact Equipment

Home Builder Confidence Holds Steady in January
Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes declined one point to 57, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. This marks the third straight month that the index has hovered in the upper 50s range.
January 23, 2015 – Compact Equipment

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