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Congress, Obama make two-year, $105 billion highway funding commitment

Although it represents no real gain in dollars made available via years of short-term extensions, HR 4348 (dubbed Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, or MAP-21) was signed into law by President Obama two days after the July 4 holiday. A two-year (FY2013-14, for a total of 27 months), $105 billion extension of the federal highway bill, MAP-21's ceremonial signing occurred at the White House with construction workers on hand to represent putting Americans to work repairing the nation's crumbling roads and bridges.

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Construction economists differ on 2013 market outlook

American Institute of Architects Chief Economist Kermit Baker, National Association of Home Builders Chief Economist David Crowe and Associated Builders and Contractors Chief Economist Anirban Basu shared their thoughts on next year’s business outlook during a late-June webcast.

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EPA Stormwater Framework spotlights pervious slab, permeable paver solutions

The Environmental Protection Agency’s new Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Planning Approach Framework assists the agency’s regional offices, states, and local governments to develop voluntary storm and wastewater management plans and implement integrated approaches to reduce pollution and the impact of overflow events.

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Contractors and OSHA battle aggressive driving

Through its Alliance partnership with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association has released a Best Practice document, CSDA-OBP-1009 Aggressive Driving and Road Rage, to help concrete professionals avoid confrontations in their daily commutes.

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Spancrete tests pervious precast

Spancrete Industries has deployed a new patent-pending system to help manage stormwater runoff at Milwaukee’s Garden District Neighborhood Association Farmers Market.

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