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November Construction Slips 5 Percent

By Mark S. Kuhar

At a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $421.3 billion, new construction starts in November fell 5 percent from the previous month, according to McGraw-Hill Construction, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies.

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Lawsuit Seeks to Block Liberty Quarry Environmental Report

A massive environmental study justifying Granite Construction’s Liberty Quarry project in Temecula, Calif., is the target of another lawsuit, this time from a grassroots group and a local conservation district. The litigation filed by Save Our Southwest Hills and the Elsinore-Murrieta-Anza Resource Conservation District seeks to overturn Riverside County’s certification of the report, an 8,500-page analysis of Liberty Quarry.

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August Construction Advances 8 Percent

By Mark S. Kuhar

At a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $433.9 billion, new construction starts in August climbed 8 percent compared to July, as reported by McGraw-Hill Construction, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies.

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Brisson Stone Project Under Review

The Monkton, Vt., Development Review Board is nearing a decision on whether to permit a contentious application for a 30-plus acre quarry off of Monkton Road, according to the Addison County Independent. According to the application filed by Brisson Stone LLC and David Shlansky’s Burchfield Management Company LLC, “Brisson Stone will rely on drilling and blasting rock ledge to produce unconsolidated rock and gravel that will be collected on-site.”

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