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The Cure for Congestion

tti-headerNovember 29, 2011 – The Texas Transportation Institute (TTI), a Texas A&M University System agency, released its 2011 Congested Corridors Report, an effort to identify reliability problems at specific stretches of highway responsible for significant traffic congestion at different times and different days. The report describes congestion problems in 328 seriously congested corridors over a variety of times — all day, morning and evening peaks, midday, and weekends.

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USGS Reports Preliminary Third-Quarter Production

usgsNovember 20, 2011 – According to Scott F. Sibley, chief, USGS Mineral Commodities Section, preliminary numbers indicate that crushed stone production in the third quarter of 2011 increased 14 percent over the second quarter of 2011; although it decreased 2 percent in the third quarter of 2011 over the third quarter of 2010.

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Permit Me to Point Something Out

housingNovember 18, 2011 – Included in the the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) monthly report on new housing starts for October is an interesting statistic: single-family building permits posted a measurable gain of 5.1 percent to 434,000 units, their fastest pace since December of 2010.

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Man Found Dead in Crusher

SafetyAlertNovember 11, 2011 – It’s a story that no one who works around crushers for a living wants to hear. An 82-year-old man died of injuries he suffered when he was apparently trapped inside a crusher at Anderson Quarry, Dewitt, Iowa. According to local news reports, Bruce Arvin Anderson was last seen by a co-worker standing near the area where rock enters the crusher. The co-worker left the area, and a short time later, returned and could not find Anderson.

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The Moon is Made of Green Cheese

roadsNovember 8, 2011 – House Speaker John A. Boehner said that the U.S. House will take action on its own infrastructure package. Right, and the moon is made of green cheese. His comments come three days after Senate Republicans blocked a Democratic proposal (S. 1769) that would have spent $50 billion on infrastructure investments and set aside $10 billion to start a national infrastructure bank, and a Republican bill (S. 1786) that would have extended current highway funding for another two years.

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