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FHWA, AASHTO gauge real-time concrete pavement quality

Crews deploy real-time pavement smoothness technology on Texas’ DFW Connector, a design-build project of Northgate Constructors, Kiewit-Zachry joint venture. In an effort to reduce costs, increase pavement quality, and minimize travel delays caused by road construction, the Federal Highway Administration, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and Transportation Research Board will help agencies implement a tool that allows contractors to identify concrete pavement surface irregularities during construction.

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Infrastructure group endorses Grow America

The Board of Directors of the Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure (AIAI) supports all initiatives that promote the rebuilding and growth of infrastructure in the United States, and announced its support of the Grow America Act shortly after Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx outlined the proposal.

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Lawmakers, Administration move on highway funding reauthorization

Road and bridge construction stakeholders are tracking two major developments in Washington, D.C., as the Highway Trust Fund balance dwindles and the current federal highway funding program expires at the end of September.

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AEM backs Better Highways campaign with Washington, D.C. fly-in credit

Through I Make America, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers is launching an initiative to encourage members and the construction industry’s hardworking ranks to fly-in to Washington, D.C., and support a new federal highway bill. Individuals who attended ConExpo-Con/Agg 2014 may be eligible to receive $500 for travel expenses to attend an industry-associated “fly-in” to meet with federal lawmakers and regulators to advocate for funding of highways, roads, and bridges. For those individuals who do not claim their reimbursement, AEM will contribute $500 on their behalf to benefit wounded warriors.

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EPA cement plant emissions rule stands

In a ruling on National Resources Defense Council v. EPA, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia upholds major parts of an agreement the cement industry and Environmental Protection Agency reached on the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP), under which producers will invest heavily in emissions treatment and controls equipment toward a 2016 compliance target.

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