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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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Vulcan's Little Secret

vulcan200x94June 24, 2011 – Investor web site The Motley Fool is taking a close look at Vulcan Materials, and they noticed something interesting. At first glance, the company looks to be struggling. Trailing-12-month revenue decreased 1.2 percent, and inventory increased 7 percent. In sequential quarterly reports, revenue dropped 16.9 percent, and inventory grew 2.9 percent. But there's something lurking beneath the surface.

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PA stands for Plenty of Aggregates

pennsylvania200x200June 21 , 2011 – Blogging live this week from the Pittsburgh area, where we are beginning our summer tour of quarries and manufacturing facilities. According to the recent USGS First Quarter 2011 Report, Pennsylvania saw a small uptick in aggregates production, with 13,200 million Mt of stone being produced, a 1.5 percent increase quarter over quarter.

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USGS Releases First-Quarter Numbers

usgsJune 15, 2011 – USGS just released First Quarter 2011 production numbers, and the good news is, there was not a major year-over-year loss. The bad news is, there was not a year-over-year gain either. According to Jason Willett, crushed stone commodity specialist, 332 million mt of aggregate was produced in the first quarter, almost identical to a year ago. Crushed stone production decreased 3 percent quarter over quarter, from 131 million mt to 127 million mt, however construction sand and gravel gained 1.9 percent, quarter over quarter, from 201 million mt to 205 million mt. Look for a full report in an upcoming issue of Rock Products.