The End of the Beginning

The year 2021 was truly a momentous one. The passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) was a long-time coming, but it means we are going to see long-overdue improvements to the nation’s roads and bridges, and that is going to require a lot of aggregate. As we enter 2022, producers do so with high anticipation. However, the…

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Civil Engineers Sound Alarm Bells on Condition of Infrastructure

Our country’s infrastructure received a nearly-failing D+ grade from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The report card was released as the aggregates and construction industries gathered in Las Vegas for the 2017 National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) Annual Convention and ConExpo-Con/Agg.

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Miles Traveled Vs. Gas Tax

Sept. 6, 2016 – With $14.2 million in grants awarded to seven states, The Federal Highway Administration has started to roll out its small FAST Act-funded program to test out vehicle miles traveled as a replacement for the gas tax. Concerns over electronic reporting, privacy and fairness to rural areas have held back any plans for nationwide use of a VMT…

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Americans Using Roads at Record Levels

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) says that if Congress needs another reason for enacting a robust, multi-year highway and public transit investment bill, a new report from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) provides one – vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in the U.S. continue to climb and are on pace for a record-setting year.

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TRIP Report Details Ohio’s Transportation Challenges

Ohio’s transportation system faces challenges in the form of deteriorated roads and bridges, high rates of rural traffic fatalities, increasingly crowded roads, and insufficient funding to proceed with projects needed to support economic development. Increased investment in transportation improvements at the local, state and federal levels could improve road and bridge conditions, boost safety, increase roadway efficiency and support long-term…

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Michigan Road, Bridge Conditions Face Huge Decline

Michigan’s transportation system faces mounting challenges in the form of deteriorated roads and bridges, a lack of adequate safety features, highway bottlenecks and an inability to fund projects needed to support economic development opportunities in the state. Increased investment in transportation improvements at the local, state and federal levels could improve road and bridge conditions, boost safety, increase roadway efficiency…

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Foxx Announces FHWA Grants

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced more than $4 million in grants from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) designed to accelerate innovation in highway project delivery. The funds are intended to help to get roads and bridges repaired and built faster and more efficiently. Additional grants will be announced in coming weeks.

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Congress Set to Act on Highway Trust Fund Patch

According to the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA), the House Ways and Means Committee marked up its version of the Highway Trust Fund patch (H.R. 5021) the morning of July 10 with the Senate Finance Committee moving forward in the afternoon on its bill. Senators reached a bipartisan agreement late July 9 allowing that panel to proceed with…

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