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Liberty Quarry Project Faces New Challenges

The Riverside County, Calif., Planning Department is completing paperwork that will finalize the Planning Commission's denial of Granite Construction's proposed Liberty Quarry project in Temecula, Calif. If approved, the 135-acre quarry could produce up to 5 million tpy of aggregate.

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September Construction Slips; Highways up 50 Percent

New construction starts in September receded 1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $419.5 billion, according to McGraw-Hill Construction, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies. Both nonresidential building and housing fell back after an improved pace in August. Meanwhile, the nonbuilding construction sector, comprised of public works and electric utilities, strengthened for the second month in a row after weakening in early summer. For the January-September period of 2011, total construction starts on an unadjusted basis were reported at $314.1 billion, down 5 percent from the same period a year ago.

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Off-Highway Diesel Prices

The national estimated average price for off-highway diesel fuel as of Nov. 14 is $3.780. That is higher than last week's average of $3.681.