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PCA's Sullivan Offers Favorable Economic Forecast

Economic momentum supported by tax reform and federal infrastructure programs will play key roles in the demand for concrete construction in the years ahead, said Ed Sullivan, Portland Cement Association (PCA) senior vice president and chief Economist.

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New Construction Starts for 2017 Advance 3 Percent

For all of 2017, total construction starts grew 3 percent to $745.9 billion, which followed the 6 percent increase reported for 2016. The full-year 2017 gain was dampened by a 35 percent downturn for the electric utility/gas plant category. If electric utilities and gas plants are excluded, total construction starts for 2017 would be 5 percent higher than the corresponding amount for 2016.

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What Does Supreme Court WOTUS Ruling Mean?

On Jan. 22, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that challenges to the 2015 Waters of the United States Rule (WOTUS) belong in district court rather than the appellate court. The WOTUS Rule was developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to clarify which waters and wetlands fall under federal jurisdiction.

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New Construction Starts in December Rebound 12 Percent

New construction starts in December climbed 12 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $733.3 billion, bouncing back following November’s 12 percent decline, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. Highway and bridge construction soared 66 percent in December

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Supreme Court Clarifies Clean Water Act Jurisdiction

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Jan. 22 hailed a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision clarifying the proper jurisdiction for federal Clean Water Act (CWA) disputes.

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