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Highway Construction Jumps in July

highwayconst200x135August 22, 2011 – There was some good news for highway construction in July. According to McGraw-Hill Construction, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, the public works sector in July strengthened 20 percent, in a departure from what has been generally a downward trend during 2011. Highway construction in July jumped 27 percent, boosted by the start of the $575 million Capital Beltway project in northern Virginia. Bridge construction in July surged 47 percent, aided by the start of a $98 million bridge replacement project in Texas. The “miscellaneous” public works category, which includes mass transit, advanced 32 percent in July with support coming from the start of the $328 million Oakland Airport Connector project in California, and river/harbor development bounced back 29 percent after a subdued June. Two public works categories lost momentum in July – sewers, down 2 percent; and water supply systems, down 20 percent. Keep those projects moving!