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Great Lakes Limestone Shipments Up in September

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled nearly 4.1 million tons in September, an increase of 12.4% compared to a year ago, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA). Limestone cargos also bettered the month’s five-year average by 20.3%.

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TRIP: Louisiana Roads in Critical Condition

Roads and bridges that are deteriorated, congested or lack some desirable safety features cost Louisiana motorists a total of $6.9 billion statewide annually – as much as $2,291 per driver in some urban areas – due to higher vehicle operating costs, traffic crashes and congestion-related delays. 

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Dodge Momentum Index Posts Gain in September

The Dodge Momentum Index moved 4.1% higher in September to 143.6 (2000=100) from the revised August reading of 137.9. 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.

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Infrastructure Working Group Calls for Bipartisan Action

The Infrastructure Working Group (IWG) sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) urging bipartisan action to address our nation’s long-standing infrastructure deficit.

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Transportation for America Says More Money is Not Enough

The infrastructure-advocacy group Transportation for America announced it will no longer advocate for more money for transportation. "It’s past time to elevate the national conversation about infrastructure beyond just the price tag," the group stated. "We spend nearly $40 billion in federal tax dollars every year, which fails to bring us equivalent returns. The more we spend, the more that congestion, emissions and pedestrian fatalities seem to rise."

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