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Are Freight User Fees an Option?

artbaJuly 25, 2011 ARTBA President Peter Ruane, in an op-ed that appeared in the July 25th edition of  Roll Call, floated the idea that a solution for infrastructure funding could include the implementation of a new "federal freight user fee" to help finance transportation investments and leverage private capital, particularly for the "critical commerce corridors" that the nation so desperately needs to compete.

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Protect Your Copper

copper_scrap200x117July 22, 2011 – Nothing is safe in your quarry, especially copper. According to news reports, thieves made off with more than $20,000 worth of copper wire from two Illinois businesses sometime between Monday afternoon and early Tuesday. The theft happened sometime between 4:30 p.m. on Monday and 12:50 a.m. on Tuesday at 10501 Joliet Rd. in the village of Lisbon, according to a report from the Kendall County Sheriff’s office. Employees of Macklin Inc. of Rochelle and Lafarge Aggregates, of Morris, reported to sheriff’s police that more than $20,000 of copper wire from their equipment was taken. There are no suspects and the theft remains under investigation. At about $3.50 per lb., scrap copper is easy cash. So protect your copper.


405July 18, 2011 – By now you have certainly heard about "Carmageddon" – the closure of a 10-mile segment of frighteningly busy Interstate 405 in Los Angeles ("The 405" for you locals). The highway was closed for a 53-hour period over the weekend due to the removal of a bridge.  There had been dire predictions of traffic gridlock for L.A., which frankly failed to materialize.

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AEM ofrece nuevas en español Manual de seguridad hidráulica Excavadora

aem213 de julio 2011 - La Asociación de Fabricantes de Equipos (AEM) anuncia una nueva versión en español de su Manual de seguridad hidráulica Excavadora en un conveniente formato "flip-estilo" Español / Inglés. El manual describe la operación segura de la máquina y las directrices de mantenimiento en un diseño conciso y bien ilustrado para una fácil comprensión. AEM ha actualizado su Manual de seguridad hidráulica Excavadora el año pasado con materiales nuevos y más amplios que reflejan las prácticas actuales de la industria.

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Mica bill an "Epic Fail"

HighwayBill200x150July 7, 2011 – Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., chairman of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, has just proposed a six-year transportation reauthorization bill that invests a paltry $230 billion to repair and rebuild our highways and bridges, a drop of about 20 percent from the last transportation bill signed by President George W. Bush in 2005. In the vernacular of my teenage daughters, that is an "Epic Fail," and would result in the loss of even more construction jobs in an industry still reeling from the after-effects of Great Wall Street Recession.

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