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Transportation Empowerment Act Strongly Opposed

On Sept. 16, a broad coalition of highway users, construction sector groups, and the general business community sent a letter to strongly oppose the Transportation Empowerment Act (TEA).

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Beckmann Quarry Reaches Safety Milestone

MMM Beckmann QuarryThe Beckmann Quarry, owned and operated by Martin Marietta Materials, celebrated a milestone of reaching two million consecutively logged employee hours without a reportable incident or incident of lost time. This covers a period that stretches back to 2007.

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August Construction Declines; Highways Move Up

At a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $540.6 billion, new construction starts in August dropped 9 percent, according to McGraw Hill Construction, a division of McGraw Hill Financial. The decline followed July’s elevated volume, the strongest so far in 2014, and brought activity back to the average pace reported during the first seven months of this year.

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Housing Starts Fall in August

Led by a steep 31.7 percent decline in multifamily production, nationwide housing starts fell 14.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 956,000 units in August, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. Single-family housing starts dropped 2.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 643,000 units.

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