Sources: Federal Highway Administration; CP staff
The new National Highway Construction Cost Index, dubbed NHCCI 2.0 following major methodological revisions to improve accuracy, shows asphalt, concrete and metal prices rising 107 percent, 61 percent and 45 percent, respectively, from 2003 to 2016.
Sources: Royal White Cement Inc., Houston; CP staff
Royal White has developed a calcium sulfoaluminate (CSA) cement suited to agencies specifying very high early strength concrete for highway or runway pavement construction or repairs, plus customers seeking a CSA base in precast production or grout, shotcrete and underlayment applications. RWC CSA Cement attains compressive strengths of 4,000, 6,000 and 10,000 psi at three hours, 24 hours and 28 days, respectively.
Portland Cement Association’s new “Survey of Portland Cement Consumption by User Group” underscores mixed year-over-year results among 16 U.S. market or product segments: Nine recorded growth, seven saw reduced volume in 2015 versus the prior year. Those gaining at least 20 percent were, in descending order, waste stabilization & solidification; fiber cement siding; concrete roof tile; soil cement, roller compacted concrete or full-depth reclamation/pavements; precast/prestressed concrete; and, soil cement or roller compacted concrete/water resources structures.
Construction employers added 6,000 workers in May as the industry’s unemployment rate dropped to 8.6 percent, its lowest mid-spring level in six years, according to an Associated General Contractors of America analysis of federal government data.