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Deteriorating Urban Roads Cost Motorists a Lot of Money

Driving on deteriorated urban roads costs motorists as much as $1,049 annually, according to a new report that evaluates pavement conditions in the nation’s large (500,000+ population) and mid-sized (200,000-500,000 population) urban areas and calculates the additional costs passed on to motorists as a result of driving on rough roads. 

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September Construction Starts Settle Back 5 Percent

New construction starts in September fell 5 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $709.6 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. The September downturn followed 9 percent declines in both July and August, as the pace of construction starts has now pulled back for the third month in a row after reaching the current year’s high in June.

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Polycor Merges with Indiana Limestone

The largest producer of natural stone in North America, Polycor Inc., completed its merger with Indiana Limestone Co. (ILCO), a dimensional limestone quarrier and building products producer headquartered in Bloomington, Ind. This announcement comes shortly after Polycor’s recent acquisition of four limestone quarries in France in July, now positioning the company as a global leader in the natural stone industry.

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Aggregates Shipments Spike Higher on St. Lawrence Seaway

Total cargo shipments via the St. Lawrence Seaway from March 29 to Sept. 30 reached 25.7 million metric tons, up 4.1 percent over the same time period in 2017.

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Water Resources and Development Act a Win for Industry

The U.S. Senate approved a reauthorization of the Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA) by a vote of 99-1,sending the two-year bill to the president’s desk. 

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