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February Construction Spending Flat

The U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce announced that construction spending during February 2015 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $967.2 billion, 0.1 percent (±1.2 percent) below the revised January estimate of $967.9 billion. The February figure is 2.1 percent (±1.6 percent) above the February 2014 estimate of $947.1 billion.

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C&D Recycling Industry Quantified at C&D World 2015

CDWorld 150More than 70 percent of the Construction and Demolition (C&D) material generated in the United States is recycled, according Dr. Timothy Townsend of the University of Florida, speaking at C&D World 2015, the Annual Meeting of the Construction & Demolition Recycling Association (CDRA). He added that the area of landfill avoided by recycling this amount of C&D is annually equivalent to more than 440 acres at a waste depth of 50 ft.

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More Than 61,000 Bridges Need Significant Repair

An analysis of the recently-released 2014 U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) National Bridge Inventory database finds good news and bad news when it comes to the most heavily traveled U.S. bridges. The good news is that there are more than 2,000 fewer structurally deficient structures than there were in 2013. The bad news is that it means more than 61,000 structurally deficient bridges are still in need of significant repair. And it is a problem that hits close to home.

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