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Conference Board announces increase in U.S. leading indicators

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Jun 30, 2011

The Conference Board Leading Economic Index (LEI) for the U.S. increased 0.8 percent in May to 114.7 (2004 = 100), following a 0.4 percent decline in April, and a 0.7 percent increase in March. The largest contributions came from the ...

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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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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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Yet more states are thinking outside the public funding box

John Latta - Sep 20, 2010

Wanna buy a road? Two more states are reacting to the inevitable. They must have money for roads but the usual sources are inadequate. Privatization and tolling are coming up again and again as the default option. As Congress leads the ...

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Texas DOT may get back into the toll business

John Latta - Aug 23, 2010

Come January there will  be increasing pressure on TDOT  to get into business with private toll road companies. Two years ago lawmakers took away that authority. What a difference two years -- at least these last two years -- makes. The ...

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We're moving towards more tolling

John Latta - Aug 04, 2010

Itr's possible that the (voting) public is begining to see what happens when there is too little money for highways and bridges. But the process moves like molasses in winter. Last week the Wall Street Journal picked up the movement in ...

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Five-year highway construction program approved

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Jul 13, 2010

Missouri's five-year highway construction program was approved July 1, 2010, by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, but it's only one-third the size of the 2009 program. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) says the funding is barely enough in funds ...

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California allocates to $897 million for transportation projects

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Jul 07, 2010

The California Transportation Commission (CTC) allocated $897 million to 170 transportation projects statewide, including $157 million from Proposition 1B, a transportation bond approved by voters in 2006, and $49 million from President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 ...

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NAPA holds Congress accountable for reauthorization inaction

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Jul 02, 2010

With the construction industry continuing to shed jobs, the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) has mounted a campaign to mobilize the asphalt pavement industry and hold Congress accountable for its inaction on the surface transportation bill. Lack of such legislation is ...

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TRIP report released tomorrow on Arkansas surface transportation system

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Jun 07, 2010

TRIP will release a new report that evaluates the current condition, use and funding of Arkansas' surface transportation system at a news conference in Little Rock tomorrow at 10 a.m. CDT. The report, “Future Mobility in Arkansas: Meeting the State’s Need for ...

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Granite Construction Q1 results: Revenue down 36 percent

Tina Grady Barbaccia - May 03, 2010

Granite Construction  today reported a net loss of $41.0 million, or $1.09 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2010 compared with net income of $8.9 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2009. Below is ...

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