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ARTBA Chides Congress for Ignoring Highway Trust Fund

A leading transportation infrastructure group criticized the recently passed House tax bill for failing to address the looming insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund in 2021 and the “$1,000 per year ‘hidden tax’ borne by every American household due to ever increasing traffic congestion on the Interstate highways.”

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Zatezalo Confirmed to Head MSHA

David Zatezalo was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Assistant Secretary of Labor overseeing the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) by a vote of 52-46 on Nov. 15, 2017.

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Construction Starts: Three Consecutive Quarters of Positive Growth

ConstructConnect, a leading provider of construction information and technology solutions in North America, released its Q4 2017 Forecast Quarterly Report. The Winter 2017-18 starts forecast includes year-over-year estimates for 2017 that have become more upbeat than a quarter ago. Groundbreakings on several mega-projects late this year have provided exceptional lift to the industrial and engineering type-of-structure categories.

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Cat Rolls Out 988K XE Electric Drive Loader

Caterpillar rolled out its new 988K XE loader at a special media event in Peoria, Ill. The new loader was also previewed at Tower Rock Stone in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., at an event attended by Rock Products Editor Mark Kuhar. The electric drive loader delivers 25 percent greater overall efficiency and up to 10 percent more productivity in load-and-carry applications than the 988K loader.

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Cemex USA’s Lytle Creek Quarry Earns Top Safety Award

Cemex USA announced that Lytle Creek Quarry near Rialto, Calif., received the 2017 California Construction and Industrial Materials Association (CalCIMA) Excellence in Safety Award in the Large Aggregates category for its attention to safety.

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