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Mile High Club First

John Latta - Apr 12, 2011

Here we are talking about being bold in looking at how we think of American infrastructure spending and building, and the Saudis are setting out to build a tower one mile high. So high it will have a special mechanism ...

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Reading CONEXPO’s Upbeat Signs

John Latta - Mar 25, 2011

The "official" stamp of success will come later when all the numbers are run, but CONEXPO certainly feels like we have reached the end of the beginning of the turnaround.I'm enjoying the upbeat feeling here. OEMs have presented numbers that are ...

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Construction firms plan to hire, not cut, workers

Lauren Heartsill Dowdle - Jan 25, 2011

More construction firms are planning to hire workers this year than are planning to make layoffs, according to a survey released by the Associated General Contractors of America and Navigant. While 55 percent of firms laid off staff and only 20 ...

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Build now, pay later

John Latta - Jan 24, 2011

A $1.8 billion road project in Florida is being done for the state without the state itself paying a penny for it. Yet. The repair and widening of I-595 will be finished before the contractor gets paid. It's a public-private arrangement ...

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SAFETEA-LU Extended Again. Again.

John Latta - Dec 10, 2010

I suppose the best that can be said of it is that they didn't go playing brinkmanship games. The House just went ahead and approved a $1.2 trillion continuing resolution to keep federal agencies (including Federal highway programs) funded and thus ...

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New highways create jobs. What if they are foreign?

John Latta - Dec 08, 2010

Uh oh. Is this something we are going to see more of? The case is among the first brought by a union to stop a public project being handled by private investors, an area that is growing in the U.S. ...

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It’s this simple. Good roads cost us less.

John Latta - Nov 30, 2010

Here is a very simple observation made by a newspaperman after the release of a new report. He points out that it costs us more to have bad roads than to keep good ones in good shape. Pennsylvanians are spending ...

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The Kansas Crunch

John Latta - Nov 02, 2010

I keep coming across scenarios that worry me because they could be the tips of icebergs. As funding for transportation projects at all government levels become harder to find and even harder to predict, more and more important projects have to ...

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Upon further review — a Stimulus update

John Latta - Sep 29, 2010

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has released a new report on the Recovery Act, arguing with numbers and project stories that the Stimulus is working and working well. According to AASHTO executive director John Horsley ,"These ...

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Dirty Job’s Mike Rowe launches AEM campaign

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Sep 29, 2010

Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and Mike Rowe, creator and host of Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs,” joined forces today in Washington, D.C. for the launch of I Make America, a national grassroots campaign to promote U.S. manufacturing jobs through infrastructure ...

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Advance registrations for ConExpo-Con/Agg, IFPE 2011 expositions open

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Aug 16, 2010

Advance registration is now open for the CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2011 expositions. One registration allows access to the exhibits of both shows, and advance registration saves more than 35 percent off the onsite rates. Attendees can also register in advance for ...

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Are you smarter than the highway?

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Aug 03, 2010

In Washington state, highways are getting smarter. Crews will install a series of electronic speed-limit and lane status signs over each northbound lane on Washington state's I-5 between Boeing Access Road and I-90 in Seattle. The high-tech signs are set to ...

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