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Transportation Construction Forecast

The U.S. transportation infrastructure market is expected to grow 4.2 percent in 2019, according to the annual economic forecast released Dec. 5, 2018, by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).

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Residential Housing

The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development jointly announced the new residential construction statistics for October 2018:

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New Construction Starts

At a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $789.3 billion, new construction starts in November decreased 7 percent from October’s elevated amount, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. Most of the total construction decline in the latest month was the result of nonresidential building pulling back 15 percent after its 43 percent surge in October.

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Data That Strengthens Ready Mixed Products

You need aggregates to make concrete, and the quality of concrete plays a vital role in the strength and durability of a structure. Hence it is important to ensure that the concrete is of the best quality using sound quality control measures. Once water is added to the mix, the chemical reaction starts the clock ticking on how much time is available to transport and deliver the concrete to the right job location.

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Regulatory Agenda Offers Encouraging Signs

According to the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA), the Trump administration’s latest regulatory agenda offered encouraging signs for aggregates industry priorities, including the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule, Endangered Species Act and Mine Safety Health Administration (MSHA) improvements. 

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