Housing Starts Dip in January; Permits Rise

Housing starts returned to trend, dropping 2.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.246 million units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. Multifamily production fell 10.2 percent to 423,000 units after an unusually high December 2016 reading, whereas single-family starts ticked up 1.9 percent to 823,000 units.

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NACA Members Press Congress on Priorities

Members of the North American Concrete Alliance (NACA) and the Congressional Cement Caucus went to Capitol Hill on Feb. 5 to brief the 115th Congress on the state of the concrete and cement industry and infrastructure priorities, according to the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI).

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Burnco Acquires Bestway Concrete of Colorado

Burnco Rock Products Ltd. has acquired Bestway Concrete Co., a leading ready mix concrete and aggregate producer in the metro Denver and northern Colorado regions.

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ARTBA Urges House Committee to Reform Clean Air Act

Citing federal government data showing a significant reduction in air pollutants since 1990 at the same time the U.S. economy continued to grow, vehicle miles traveled jumped significantly, and energy use increased, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) called on Congress to overhaul the method by which the federal Clean Air Act (CAA) sets National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The CAA was last amended in 1990.

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TRIP Report Sounds Alarm on Condition of Alabama Roads

The Road Information Program (TRIP) released its latest state report, this one on the state of roads and bridges in Alabama. "As Alabama works to build and enhance a thriving, growing and dynamic state, it will be critical that it is able to address the state’s most significant transportation issues by providing a 21st century network of roads, highways, bridges and transit that can accommodate the mobility demands of a modern society," the report stated.

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