Texas Increases Safety Focus - Results in Fatality Rate Drop
The construction fatality rate is declining faster in Texas than most other states according to a new analysis of federal safety data conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that the state's construction fatality and injury rates have declined as many contractors have spent much of the past decade focusing on improving workplace safety.
May 17, 2013 – forconstructionpros.com
Maryland announces 10 projects covered by gas-tax increase
The gas-tax increase in Maryland will be gradual, starting in July and ending three years later, but is expected to generate $1.2 billion in transportation improvements over the next six years.
May 17, 2013 – Roads & Bridges
Housing Starts Slip with Multifamily Correction in April
A correction from an unsustainably high level of production on the volatile multifamily side was largely responsible for a 16.5 percent dip in nationwide housing starts to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 853,000 units in April, according to newly released figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. However, permits for new construction headed solidly higher in the month, with a particularly strong gain in multifamily issuance.
May 16, 2013 – AED
NHTSA data shows 5.3% rise in US road accident deaths in 2012
An estimated 34,080 people died in road accidents in the United States in 2012, up 5.3% on the year before, according to a new report from the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
May 15, 2013 – World Highways
McDonnell signs Virginia roads bill
Gov. Robert F. McDonnell on Monday ceremonially signed the landmark transportation-funding bill that will generate $1.4 billion a year for Virginia roads, highways and rail.
May 13, 2013 – Washington Post
North Dakota is the Hottest State for Construction Jobs
Employment in the construction industry bottomed in 2011. Here's a look at the 10 states with the biggest percentage gains and declines in construction jobs since then.
May 10, 2013 – forconstructionpros.com
Wisconsin DOT Proposes Delays in Light of Deficit
State transportation officials released a new plan April 29 to delay reconstruction work on southeastern Wisconsin's freeways and scale back road aid to local governments in hopes of closing a looming deficit in the state's transportation fund.
May 10, 2013 – Construction Equipment Guide
U.S. rental construction, lack of first-time home buyers a sign of "inferior housing recovery"?
Despite recent dips in construction spending and employment, the mood in the industry is, well, better. Better than it was last year anyway as 151,000 jobs have been added since then, the unemployment rate is down to 13.2 percent and spending is up 5 percent.
May 8, 2013 – Equipment World