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Construction Starts Rose 7 Percent in 2014

For 2014 as a whole, total construction starts climbed 7 percent to $575.3 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. This continues the pattern of moderate expansion for total construction starts reported during the previous two years – 2012, up 10 percent; and 2013, up 9 percent.

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Deficient Roads, Bridges Cost New Jersey $11.8 Billion Annually

Roads and bridges that are deficient, congested or lacking desirable safety features cost New Jersey motorists a total of $11.8 billion statewide annually – nearly $2,000 per driver – due to higher vehicle operating costs, traffic crashes and congestion-related delays. Increased investment in transportation improvements at the local, state and federal levels could relieve traffic congestion, improve road and bridge conditions, boost safety, and support long-term economic growth in New Jersey, according to a new report released by TRIP, a Washington, DC based national transportation organization.

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