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Great Lakes-Seaway Shipping Impacted By COVID-19

While St. Lawrence Seaway cargo volumes decreased during the past two months due to economic shifts related to COVID-19, industry leaders said the binational trade and transportation corridor is ready to play its part in the economic recovery efforts in the coming months.

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MSHA Reports Eighth Fatality

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that on June 1, a contract truck driver in Maricopa, Ariz., died after falling from the top of his trailer. The victim received first aid/CPR at the scene and passed away after being transported to a local hospital.

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Dodge Momentum Index Flat in May

The Dodge Momentum Index moved a scant 0.1% lower in May to 129.2 (2000=100) from the revised April reading of 129.4. The Momentum Index, issued by Dodge Data & Analytics, is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year. The commercial component of the Momentum Index rose 1.0% during the month, while the institutional component dropped 1.9%.

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New Tool Highlights Benefits of Federal Highway Investment

States leveraged $31 billion in federal funds to advance $66.5 billion in highway improvements during fiscal year (FY) 2018, according to an interactive tool that for the first time provides the American public and elected officials a clear look at how and where each state invests its transportation tax dollars.

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NSSGA Welcomes New Executive Order on Infrastructure

A new Executive Order – "Utilizing Emergency Authorities to Facilitate Infrastructure Improvements and Other Activities to Support the Nation's Economic Recovery from the COVID-19 Emergency” – will help streamline environmental reviews and improve infrastructure project delivery timelines, according to the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA).

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