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60 Minutes Attacks Infrastructure Failures

In a scathing report on America's infrastructure, the venerable CBS News program 60 Minutes, as part of its Sunday, Nov. 23 broadcast, illustrated in the gravest terms the dire conditions of America's roads and bridges – and indicted congressional inaction on this major issue.

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Aggregates Production Jumps in Third Quarter

An estimated 683 million metric tons (Mt) of total construction aggregates was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the third quarter of 2014, an increase of 9 percent compared with that of the third quarter of 2013. The estimated production for consumption in the first 9 months of 2014 was 1.64 billion metric tons (Gt), an increase of 8 percent compared with that of the same period of 2013, according to U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Crushed Stone Commodity Specialist Jason Willett.

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October Construction Backs Off

The value of new construction starts settled back 4 percent in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $589.8 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics (formerly McGraw Hill Construction). The decline followed the 10 percent increase reported in September, which was the strongest month for total construction starts so far in 2014.

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