Feds Invest More than $74 Million for Critical Minerals Mapping

The Department of the Interior announced that, thanks to a substantial investment from The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, more than $74.6 million will be distributed in 30 states to invest in geoscience data collection, mapping, data preservation and scientific interpretation of areas with potential for critical minerals, under the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Earth Mapping Resources Initiative, or Earth MRI. …

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OMB Releases ‘Buy America’ Guidance for Infrastructure Projects

On April 18, 2022, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published new guidance related to the implementation of the Build America, Buy America (BABA) provisions in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The BABA provisions, which passed in November 2021, require that any infrastructure projects receiving federal assistance – not only those infrastructure projects funded by the IIJA…

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It’s Time for Real-Time Data

Immediate Information Is Key To Conquering Soaring Costs, Rising Demand And Decreasing Manpower. By Kerry Dougan and Diego Larrea-Puemape The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) is pumping unprecedented funding into construction projects across the country. While this is all positive, this will result in materials producers being hit with a historically high volume of demand for materials in the…

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The Economy Rockets Up – Is a Slowdown Coming?

The answer to the headline above is … maybe. It’s like a rocket booster that fires off its launching pad and zooms up into space, but then starts to fall rapidly back to earth. I know, I know – Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have figured out how to land them back on earth safely, but for more than 60…

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AGG1 Hit It Out of the Park

AGG1 was held March 29-31 in Nashville, and the show hit it out of the park. More than 11,000 aggregates and asphalt-paving professionals filled the sold-out Music City Center exhibition floor. It was good to see everyone in person again. Congratulations to the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association for a great convention that preceded the show; and for its…

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FHWA Increases Funding for Safer, More Walkable Streets Program

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced new guidance and increased funding that can help state and local governments carry out projects that create safer, more walkable streets, including pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, Safe Routes to School programs, and other local community projects. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act signed by President Biden nearly doubled funding for the Transportation Alternatives (TA) Set-Aside,…

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TRIP: Even With IILJ, Highways Still Underfunded

Despite the increase in transportation funding provided by the passage of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) in November 2021, the nation’s roads, bridges and transit systems remain significantly underfunded and will require increased investment for needed improvements and repairs.  Fees on highway users continue to be a critical source of funding for the preservation and improvement of…

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Benchmark 2022: An Exclusive Survey

Rock Products’ Annual Survey On The Opinions, Concerns And Buying Intentions Of Producers Reveals What Is On The Industry’s Collective Mind. By Mark S. Kuhar and Josephine Patterson The year 2021 was dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The changes wrought by both of those are certain to dominate the…

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​​Freight Bottlenecks Slowing Shipments

By Mark S. Kuhar 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,…

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