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August Construction Advances 8 Percent

By Mark S. Kuhar

At a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $433.9 billion, new construction starts in August climbed 8 percent compared to July, as reported by McGraw-Hill Construction, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies.

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Lawsuit Seeks to Block Liberty Quarry Environmental Report

A massive environmental study justifying Granite Construction’s Liberty Quarry project in Temecula, Calif., is the target of another lawsuit, this time from a grassroots group and a local conservation district. The litigation filed by Save Our Southwest Hills and the Elsinore-Murrieta-Anza Resource Conservation District seeks to overturn Riverside County’s certification of the report, an 8,500-page analysis of Liberty Quarry.

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Gerawan Farms Receives Conditional Use Permit

The Fresno County planning commission unanimously approved a conditional use permit for an aggregate operation and asphalt plant east of Sanger, Calif. The proposed Carmelita mine, situated amidst the stone fruit orchards of Gerawan Farms, is located two miles south of Highway 180 on Reed Avenue near Sanger. The site is just west of Jesse Morrow Mountain where Cemex had been planning a 1.5 million tpy aggregate mine before being denied by the planning commission in May.

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Brisson Stone Project Under Review

The Monkton, Vt., Development Review Board is nearing a decision on whether to permit a contentious application for a 30-plus acre quarry off of Monkton Road, according to the Addison County Independent. According to the application filed by Brisson Stone LLC and David Shlansky’s Burchfield Management Company LLC, “Brisson Stone will rely on drilling and blasting rock ledge to produce unconsolidated rock and gravel that will be collected on-site.”

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July Construction Declines 10 Percent

By Mark S. Kuhar

New construction starts fell 10 percent in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $401.2 billion, according to McGraw-Hill Construction, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies. After showing improvement during the spring, the pace of construction starts retreated over the past three months, with July coming in at the lower end of the recent range of activity.

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