American Highway acquires Minnesota’s Highway Materials

Sources: American Highway, a Simplex Company, Fernley, Nev.; CP staff American Highway, a key supplier of wire mesh, dowel or tie bars and related welded assemblies, curing compounds plus other concrete pavement accessories, has closed on peer operator Highway Materials LLC of Becker, Minn. The full-service manufacturer, fabricator and distributor was founded in 2014 by Mark Brinkman and Jake Steinberg,…

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Boral Ltd. weighs options for North American fly ash business

Sources: Boral Ltd., Sydney; CP staff The Australian parent company of Georgia-based Boral North America has begun a review of Boral Resources to explore “value creation opportunities.” With 120-plus fly ash collection, processing or distribution sites across the U.S., the business accounted for about $470 million of Boral North America’s $1.56 billion in FY2020 sales.

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ASCE opens Sustainable Infrastructure standard draft to comment

Sources: American Society of Civil Engineers, Reston, Va.; CP staff The American Society of Civil Engineers invites comments through January 25 on the draft of a new document, ASCE/COS 73-XX Standard Requirements for Sustainable Infrastructure. Components and outcomes described in Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Life-Cycle Cost Analysis, Natural World, Quality of Life, Resilience, Resource Allocation and Sustainability Leadership chapters are intended…

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Virtual elements underpin 2020 Concrete Pipe Week

Sources: American Concrete Pipe Association, Irving, Texas; CP staff

Accepting the limitations of customary Concrete Pipe Week in-person activities—plant tours, employee appreciation events, plus engagement with federal, state or local officials—the American Concrete Pipe Association has scheduled online presentations for the August 16-22 observance. The group will convey the value proposition of rigid, robust drainage infrastructure through these Monday-Friday presentations and webinars, live or on-demand:

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Road Builders’ Highway Dashboard: Investment transparency in overdrive

Sources: American Road and Transportation Builders Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

The “ARTBA Highway Dashboard: A 50-State Guide to the Benefits of Federal Investment” is a first of its kind, interactive tool providing the public and elected officials a clear look at how and where each state invests transportation project-designated tax dollars.

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Lawmakers start review of INVEST highway funding plan

Sources: Office of Representative Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.); CP staff

U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Pete DeFazio has scheduled a June 17 markup of “Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America” (INVEST) Act, which authorizes $319 billion in highway outlays and $500 billion overall for fiscal years 2021-2025. A successor to the federal highway funding program expiring September 30, it enables completion of critical projects through long-term, sustainable funding, and contains strong Buy America provisions and labor protections.

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FHWA sunsets rule restricting proprietary product procurement

Sources: Federal Highway Administration; CP staff

Effective October 28, Federal Highway Administration is lifting U.S. Department of Transportation regulations greatly limiting state contracting agencies from using federal dollars to acquire patented or proprietary materials, products or services for road and bridge work. 

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McInnis doubles Northeast terminals’ throughput, scouts new sites

Sources: McInnis Cement, Montreal; CP staff

A $500 million private capital refinancing positions McInnis Cement to continue ramping up terminal and rail distribution infrastructure throughout the Northeast. Outlays for 2019-20 adhere a market development plan attending the producer’s 2017 dedication of a 2 million-plus ton/year greenfield plant on the eastern reaches of Quebec. 

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Report measures federal agencies’ stepped up role in water infrastructure

Source: Bluefield Research, Boston

Federal government participation in rehabilitating U.S. water utility infrastructure is taking on even greater importance than in the past as municipalities are challenged to keep pace with the aging of 70,000-plus water & wastewater treatment systems and 3 million miles of underground pipe networks. With overall public spending on water utilities declining year-over-year in five of the last 10 years, core federal programs are proving to be more critical in addressing investment needs in urban and rural treatment systems and networks, according to water market-wise Bluefield Research. 

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