U.S. Chamber Welcomes New Federal Focus on Permitting Process

The Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act, also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, is making a once-in-a-generation investment in America’s infrastructure and competitiveness that will create good-paying union jobs, grow our economy, invest in communities, combat climate change, and help lower costs for families, according to a release from the White House.

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Feds to Invest $27 Billion for Bridge Repair Program

The Biden administration will invest nearly $27 billion to fund repairs and replace bridges in need. To accomplish this, the Department of Transportation will launch the Bridge Replacement, Rehabilitation, Preservation, Protection and Construction Program, which will provide much-needed money to the states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico over five years; and $825 million for tribal transportation facilities.

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California Budget a Win for Transportation

Jan. 12, 2022 – Armed with a revenue surplus, California Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed a generous state budget for the 2022-23 fiscal year, which begins on July 1, according to the California Construction and Industrial Materials Association (CalCIMA). The budget proposes $20 billion in funding for infrastructure, including $15 billion for transportation. This is above the $40 billion-plus over five years coming to California from the recently…

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Top Stories of 2021

Jan. 6, 2022 – There were certainly a lot of blockbuster stories in 2021. None bigger than passage of the new infrastructure bill. But interestingly, that was not the most read story on Rock Products’ website. Here is a list of the stories that made the biggest impact on our readers. You will note mergers and acquisitions get people’s attention. Well, buckle up,…

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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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Funding Delays

Dec. 21, 2021 – The Federal Highway Administration noted in a statement on Dec. 15 that it plans to provide $52.5 billion in apportioned funding for fiscal year 2022 to all 50 states and the District of Columbia via the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act or IIJA signed into law in November. However, states will be unable to receive a significant portion of…

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Freight Bottlenecks Slowing Shipments

As vehicle travel returns to pre-pandemic levels and federal transportation funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) begins to reach states, it will be critical that states make additional investments to improve the efficiency and condition of the nation’s freight network to minimize supply chain disruptions, according to a new report released by TRIP, a Washington, D.C.-based national…

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