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Seven Goals in the National Interest

HighwayBillJuly 3, 2012 – An interesting provision of the new Map-21 transportation bill provides for a performance-based approach in metropolitan and statewide planning processes. It makes seven goals in the “national interest":

  1. Safety: To achieve a significant reduction in traffic fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads.

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Transportation Discussions Hot and Heavy

nssgaJune 27, 2012 – According to NSSGA, congressional stakeholders continued to bargain, cajole, argue and negotiate a new infrastructure deal. Nothing is for certain at this point, but the rumors flying around Washington center around these main points:
  • A 27-month bill (providing Highway Trust Fund authorizations from July 2012 through September 2014), if talks last night between the Ways and Means and Finance Committees were successful. The Senate bill as passed ended in September 2013, but this is the same two-year duration as the Senate bill was back when it was drafted in July 2011.  The House supposedly wanted to move a five-year bill (through 2016) but could not find the money.

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Hillhead: Day Two

Hillhead2June 20, 2012 – Day Two of the Hillhead working show near Buxton, England, was just like Day One in at least one respect: Sunny skies shone down upon thousands of attendees and millions of tons of equipment gathered on the quarry floor.

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Hillhead: Day One

Hillhead1June 19, 2012 – Greetings from Hillhead 2012, near Buxton England. I am the only U.S. aggregates industry editor attending the show, the largest working quarry event in the world. This morning's press conference held by the Mineral Products Association was prefaced by a quick discussion of market conditions. Some of the main considerations, such as overcoming recession, doing more with less, over-regulation, political gridlock, sustainable development, raising awareness of health and safety issues and the urgent need for greater infrastructure investment sounded very familiar.

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Rock Products Rocks Hillhead

WideViewJune 16, 2012 – Rock Products will be on hand when the Hillhead show kicks off near Buxton, England, June 19-21. I will be issuing live reports from the show, and celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee with thousands of my new friends. There will be 461 exhibitors, such as Finning Caterpillar, Sandvik, JCB, Atlas Copco and many others, showcasing their latest products and innovations. The three main live demonstration areas at Hillhead – Quarry Face, Rock Processing and Recycling – will also be buzzing with activity as a huge range of equipment is put to the test. Stay tuned.