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McGraw-HillJuly 23, 2012 – While the impact of MAP-21 is still a long way off, it was good to see an uptick in McGraw-Hill's latest F.W. Dodge Report. Public works construction climbed 26 percent in June, led by a 129 percent surge for the "other public works" category, which includes such diverse project types as site work, mass transit, pipelines, and outdoor sports stadiums. A major boost to the "other public works" category in June was provided by $1.0 billion estimated for work on a new football stadium for the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif. Also noteworthy "other public works" projects in June included $280 million for rail transit work in Fremont, Calif., and $225 million for site work at Governor’s Island in New York. Bridge construction in June climbed 25 percent, supported by $386 million for work on the West Oahu Farrington Highway Guideway project in Honolulu, while highway construction in June improved 3 percent.