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405July 18, 2011 – By now you have certainly heard about "Carmageddon" – the closure of a 10-mile segment of frighteningly busy Interstate 405 in Los Angeles ("The 405" for you locals). The highway was closed for a 53-hour period over the weekend due to the removal of a bridge.  There had been dire predictions of traffic gridlock for L.A., which frankly failed to materialize.

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AEM ofrece nuevas en español Manual de seguridad hidráulica Excavadora

aem213 de julio 2011 - La Asociación de Fabricantes de Equipos (AEM) anuncia una nueva versión en español de su Manual de seguridad hidráulica Excavadora en un conveniente formato "flip-estilo" Español / Inglés. El manual describe la operación segura de la máquina y las directrices de mantenimiento en un diseño conciso y bien ilustrado para una fácil comprensión. AEM ha actualizado su Manual de seguridad hidráulica Excavadora el año pasado con materiales nuevos y más amplios que reflejan las prácticas actuales de la industria.

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Mica bill an "Epic Fail"

HighwayBill200x150July 7, 2011 – Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., chairman of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, has just proposed a six-year transportation reauthorization bill that invests a paltry $230 billion to repair and rebuild our highways and bridges, a drop of about 20 percent from the last transportation bill signed by President George W. Bush in 2005. In the vernacular of my teenage daughters, that is an "Epic Fail," and would result in the loss of even more construction jobs in an industry still reeling from the after-effects of Great Wall Street Recession.

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National Perspectives

HighwayCongestion200x131July 6, 2011 – The Washington Post published an editorial today outlining in layman's terms the battle over a new infrastructure bill.  "Disagreement over the three options — raise the gas tax, dramatically cut spending or find new revenue sources — has stalled a renewal of the six-year transportation spending bill since it expired in 2009.

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We Like Ike

Dwight_EisenhowerJune 30, 2011 – ARTBA sent out a terrific promo marking the 55th anniversary of the signing of the bill that created the Interstate Highway System. Verbiage follows: "Did you know that when Dwight D. Eisenhower crossed the country as an Army officer in 1919 it took him more than 60 days to make it from Washington to San Francisco? Because most of the roads were muddy, and bridges were barely able just to carry cars, many of the 80 or so trucks in his convoy were damaged or completely lost.

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