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Oklahoma Road Conditions Cost Motorists Big Money

Roads and bridges that are deficient, congested or lack desirable safety features cost Oklahoma motorists a total of $4.9 billion statewide annually – $2,242 per driver in the Oklahoma City urban area - due to higher vehicle operating costs, traffic crashes and congestion-related delays. Increased investment in transportation improvements at the local, state and federal levels could relieve traffic congestion, improve road, bridge and transit conditions, boost safety, create jobs and support long-term economic growth in Oklahoma, according to a new report released by TRIP, a Washington, D.C.-based national transportation organization.

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Legal Action Filed Against Silica Rule

The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA), in conjunction with the Georgia Construction Aggregates Association (GCAA), filed a petition on April 4 in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for review of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) crystalline silica rule. OSHA published the final rule on March 25 and unless stayed by the court, the rule is set to take effect June 23.

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Housing Starts Rise in February

Nationwide housing starts rose 5.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.178 million units in February, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department. Single-family production increased 7.2 percent to 822,000 units – its highest level since November 2007 – while multifamily starts remained virtually unchanged, inching up 0.8 percent to 356,000 units.

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February Construction Spending Dips Slightly

The U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce announced that construction spending during February 2016 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,144.0 billion, 0.5 percent (±1.6 percent) below the revised January estimate of $1,150.1 billion. The February figure is 10.3 percent (±2.1 percent) above the February 2015 estimate of $1,037.5 billion.

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Dufferin Aggregates, Rogers Group Receive Awards

The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) recognized two operations with Platinum Awards of Excellence during its 2016 Annual Convention and AGG1 Academy & Expo. These awards are the highest recognition that a single quarry can receive for community outreach and sustainable practices.

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