25 Years of U.S. Bridge Data Reveals Condition Improvements

Sustained funding and improved practices over the past 25 years have led to a steady improvement of the condition of U.S. bridges. The latest National Bridge Inventory (NBI) data released by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration reveals a remarkable decline of structurally deficient bridges to 55,309 (9 percent of nationwide inventory) in 2016 from 118,757 (21 percent of the inventory) back in 1992.

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United States Lime & Minerals Sees Higher Sales, Increased Demand

United States Lime & Minerals Inc. reported fourth quarter and full-year 2016 results. Revenues in the fourth quarter 2016 were $34.2 million, compared to $31.3 million in the comparable 2015 quarter, an increase of $2.9 million, or 9.2 percent.

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Aggregates Production Rises Higher in 2016

According to figures from the U.S. Geological Survey, total aggregates production in 2016 was 2.49 billion metric tons (Gt), up from 2.28 Gt in 2015. The information was reported in its 2017 Mineral Commodity Summaries report.

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Chao Confirmed as Transportation Secretary

The U.S. Senate confirmed Elaine Chao as Secretary of Transportation by a vote of 93-6. Secretary Chao has a long history with the aggregates industry. She served as Deputy Transportation Secretary from 1989 to 1991 under President George H.W. Bush and as Secretary of Labor with oversight of MSHA from 2001 to 2009 under President George W. Bush. She recently served on the Vulcan Materials board of directors.

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Caterpillar Moving Headquarters to Chicago

Caterpillar Inc. announced it will locate a limited group of senior executives and support functions in the Chicago area later this year and reaffirmed the ongoing importance of its presence in Peoria and Central Illinois.

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