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Infrastructure Rumblings

RR041019 RoadApril 10, 2019 – Senate committee leaders have their sights set on an ambitious timeline for the surface transportation reauthorization, which is due by next September, Politico reports. Environment and Public Works Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) is hoping to pass a bill through the committee before the August recess, and ranking member Tom Carper (D-Del.) is on board. "In the past we've sometimes waited till too late," Carper said. "I'd rather be too early than too late." It remains to be seen how that approach will mesh with that taken by the House, where Democrats are planning to advance a broader infrastructure bill later this year. Barrasso said that should be phase two, after passing the reauthorization (phase one).

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Pennsylvania Steers Its Own Ship

RR040819 HawbakerlogoApril 8, 2019–Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolfe (D-Pa.), along with State Sen. Jake Corman (R-Pa.) and Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Pa.), announced that PennDOT has committed to the extension of SR 322 from Potters Mills to State College, according to Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. Act 89 funding will be used to design and construct the 10 to12 miles of the heavily traveled roadway. Construction is expected to begin in 2027-28 and is projected to cost $670 to 700 million, all from the Act 89 funds. At this time, there is no federal funding committed. With the I-99/I-80 interchange included, there is approximately $1 billion in two major Centre County projects to be completed in the next 10 to 12 years.

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Metso Hits Landmark

RR040519 MetsoApril 5, 2019 Metso has hit the landmark of 1,000+ delivered projects in the past decade for stationary aggregate crushing and screening plants. These projects include complete and modular stationary plant deliveries as well as optimization projects for brownfield plants worldwide. In 2018 alone, Metso delivered more than 30 stationary plant optimization projects. 

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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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