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Feds Threaten to Withhold California Infrastructure Funds

Trump administration officials threatened to withhold billions of dollars in federal highway funding from California, arguing that the state has not shown what steps it is taking to improve its air quality. 

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New York Bridge Report Underscores Safety Issues

Ten percent of bridges in New York state are rated in poor/structurally deficient condition, according to a new report released by TRIP, a Washington, D.C.-based national transportation research nonprofit. This includes bridges 20 ft. or longer. A bridge is rated poor/structurally deficient if there is significant deterioration of the bridge deck, supports or other major components.

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Aggregates Production Up in Second Quarter

An estimated 680 Mt of total construction aggregates was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the second quarter of 2019, an increase of 3% compared with that of the second quarter of 2018, according to Jason Willett, crushed stone commodity specialist for the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Aggregates Executives in Key ARTBA Board Positions

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) announced the election of its 2019-2020 officers during a Sept. 23 annual business meeting at the association’s national convention in Savannah, Ga. The board includes several key aggregates executives:

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August Construction Starts Decrease 6%

New construction starts dropped 6% over the month in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $807.1 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. August’s decline breaks a string of three consecutive month-to-month gains.

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