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July Construction Recedes 2 Percent

By Mark S. Kuhar

New Construction Starts In July Decreased 2 Percent, While Highway Construction Dropped 22 Percent.

New construction starts in July decreased 2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $479.1 billion, according to McGraw Hill Construction, a division of McGraw Hill Financial. The nonbuilding construction sector, comprised of public works and electric utilities, pulled back in July after being lifted in June by several very large projects. At the same time, nonresidential building strengthened in July, regaining some of the upward momentum that began to take hold in April and May, while residential building in July showed further growth.

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Allen Co. Quarry Plan Faces Opposition

The Allen Co. wants to turn a 103-acre farm in Winchester, Ky., into an open-pit limestone quarry, but they are facing public opposition. The Allen Co. recently acquired the farm and filed for a zoning change from agriculture to heavy industry.

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Water Permit in Question for Martin Marietta

A quarry operator is hearing from the public as it seeks permission to withdraw 12 million gallons of water a day from a coastal collection of underground fresh water, according to WCTI TV. The state Division of Water Resources held a public hearing on a water withdrawal permit Martin Marietta Materials needs to remove water from its quarry in Craven County, N.C.

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New Hampshire Sand Operation Seeks Expansion

Graves Trucking Inc. submitted an application seeking certain permissions to open and operate a sand and gravel pit on a 31.2-acre site abutting property in Walpole, N.H. – already home to a sand and gravel pit, according to the Sentinel Source. George Graves owns the existing sand and gravel pit. His son, Timothy, owns Graves Trucking Inc., and is proposing the new pit.

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Kentucky Quarry Moves Forward

A state permit allowing the mining of limestone at a proposed Simpson County, Ky., quarry has been issued, according to the Bowling Green Daily News. The Kentucky Department for Surface Mining of Reclamation and Enforcement’s Division of Field Services granted the permit to Drakes Creek Holding, a subsidiary of Charles DeWeese Construction.

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