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OSSGA Touts Aggregate Summit

RR040319 OSSGAlogoAccording to the Ontario Sand, Sand and Gravel Association, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) organized an Aggregate Summit that took place on March 29, 2019, in Caledon, Ontario, Canada, with approximately 100 participants. The meeting began in a plenary format – with Minister John Yakabuski making introductory remarks. This was followed by three break-out sessions:

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Bridge Collapse a Dire Warning

RR040219 BridgeCollapseApril 2, 2019 – A 2018 report from TRIP indicated that roads and bridges that are deteriorated, congested or lack some desirable safety features cost Tennessee motorists a total of $6 billion statewide annually. Now they almost cost a motorist his life. One person was injured after a concrete railing section fell from a bridge in Chattanooga, Tenn., this week shutting down two interstate ramps at one of the busiest intersections in the country. The bridge collapse took place at the I-75 North and I-24 West split, according to Chattanooga police. The railing from I-75 fell onto the I-24 ramp, according to the Tennessee Department of Transportation. What is it going to take? People dying to get the attention of our legislators?

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Mineral Commodities in Fourth Quarter

RR032919 USGSMarch 29, 2019– The U.S. Geological Survey released the quarterly report "U.S. Production of Selected Mineral Commodities in the Fourth Quarter 2018," mine and plant production data for selected mineral commodities. The combined production of construction-related materials (cement, construction sand and gravel, crushed stone, and gypsum) in the fourth quarter of 2018 decreased by 14 percent compared with that in the third quarter of 2018, although gypsum production was 6 percent higher in the same time period. The combined production of construction-related materials during 2018 increased by 5 percent compared with production in 2017; production of cement was slightly higher, construction sand and gravel was 7 percent higher, crushed stone was 4 percent higher, and gypsum was 3 percent higher.

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Klobuchar Prioritizes Infrastructure

Klobuchar2March 28, 2019 – The presidential candidates are already getting out in front on infrastructure. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) unveiled a plan to spend a trillion dollars in federal funds to upgrade the country’s infrastructure, the first policy announcement of her campaign for the Democratic nomination for president. The proposal would use a combination of federal dollars, tax subsidies and loan guarantees for state and local governments to upgrade not only crumbling roads, highways and bridges, but also schools, airports, water systems, internet access, public transit and energy systems. In a statement, Klobuchar’s campaign said the infrastructure plan would be her top budget priority as president, with the goal of turning it into reality in her first year in office through a combination of legislation and executive actions.

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Rogers Group Hosts Students

RR032619 RogersMarch 26, 2019 – Rogers Group's Whites Creek Quarry, Nashville, gave an underground tour to University of Kentucky mining engineering students, who were in town during the International Society of Explosive Engineers conference.

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