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New Home Sales Down 8.1 Percent in June
Sales of newly built, single-family homes fell 8.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 406,000 units in June, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.
July 29, 2014 – Compact Equipment

The state with the best roads in the country is...
According to a report from the Washington Post, the state with the best roads in the country is .Florida!
July 28, 2014 – Better Roads

TRIP: Rough roads cost Texas drivers
Roads and bridges that are deficient, congested or lacking desirable safety features cost Texas motorists a total of $25.1 billion statewide annually-more than $1,700 per driver in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area-due to higher vehicle operating costs, traffic crashes and congestion-related delays.
July 25, 2014 – Roads & Bridges

Builder Confidence Surpasses Key Benchmark in July
Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes reached an important milestone in July, rising four points to a reading of 53 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). Any reading over 50 indicates that more builders view sales conditions as good than poor.
July 23, 2014 – Compact Equipment

Illinois Governor signs $1B plan for road repairs
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a $1 billion capital spending plan, intended to create jobs and help repair the state's roads and bridges.
July 23, 2014 – Better Roads

Construction gets a boost in June
New construction starts in June advanced 6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $549.7 billion. That's the highest level so far in 2014, according to McGraw Hill Construction, a division of McGraw Hill Financial.
July 22, 2014 – Pit & Quarry

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 –

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 –

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

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