FHWA assembles EPD, Buy Clean roundtables for virtual summit

Sources: Federal Highway Administration; CP staff The Federal Highway Administration has opened registration for its next Every Day Counts Virtual Summit, with three or four daily sessions or roundtables focusing on Environmental Product Declarations and their role in transportation procurement policy (all times EST): Tuesday, February 14 • Buy Clean Policy 101, 2-3 p.m. • How to use an EPD, 3-4:30…

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Lindsay Precast numbers, prospects suit Kentucky investment fund

A private equity firm pursuing middle market, business-to-business industrial targets, MiddleGround Capital has acquired Canal Fulton, Ohio-based Lindsay Precast, one of the top independent producers serving utility, drainage and other non-architectural construction segments. With a payroll of 350, the producer operates two plants each in Ohio, Colorado and the Carolinas, plus Florida and Washington satellites, and serves water supply, wastewater,…

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Buy America-compliant steel fibers suit UHPC mixes

CFS 300-Series carbon steel fibers are designed exclusively for use in ultra-high performance concrete applications, including transportation infrastructure. Fabricated in respective 13-, 19.5- and 25-mm lengths, the 0.3-mm diameter CFS 313-1, 319-1 and 325-1 Type I fibers meet the Federal Highway Administration Buy America requirements for federally funded projects.  Steel fibers control cracking by meeting micro cracks where they originate,…

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Navistar adds North American market heft to Europe’s Traton Group

Sources: Traton Group, Paris; CP staff Scania and MAN nameplate owner Traton Group has begun the second half of 2021 with a third brand known for severe service models, International Truck, after completing a $3.7 billion takeover of Lisle, Ill.-based Navistar Inc. Combining the suitor’s leading stake in the European and South American markets with Navistar’s strong presence in North…

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Owens Corning banks reinforcing value, Buy America terms through Mateenbar

Owens Corning Infrastructure Solutions (OCIS) dispatched the first load of domestically produced Mateenbar Fiberglas Rebar in April to the site of an Ohio Department of Transportation project: the Industrial Drive Bridge, Henry County. OCIS is the exclusive North American distributor of the FRP product from Mateenbar USA’s new 130,000-sq.-ft. plant in Concord, N.C. The facility fabricates the lightweight, corrosion resistant…

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Federal Highway Administration marks bridge safety, inspection milestone

The Federal Highway Administration recently observed the 50th anniversary of its National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS), the basis for the federal program that helps to protect nearly 620,000 structures across the country. The NBIS requires regular and thorough highway bridge inspections to detect potential structural problems early and ensure maintenance efforts are being carried out.  State departments of transportation inspect…

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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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Transportation, equipment contact lead fatal work injury categories

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded 5,250 fatal work injuries in 2018, a 2 percent increase from the prior year’s 5,147 total, but notes that the rate for such incidents last year remained unchanged at 3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers. Data are from the agency’s just-released Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) for 2018, and indicate:

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Road Builders: 2020 transportation market gains outpace inflation

Source: American Road & Transportation Builders Association, Washington, D.C.

The U.S. transportation infrastructure market is expected to grow at least 5 percent next year, fueled by increased federal, state and local government investment, according to the just-released forecast from American Road & Transportation Builders Association Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black. Total 2020 construction and related-market activity should reach $300.4 billion, up from $286.5 billion this year after adjusting for project costs and inflation.

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Lawmakers recognize aggregates’ pivotal role in DOT supply chains

Sources: National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association, Alexandria, Va.; Office of U.S. Representative Greg Stanton; CP staff

U.S. Representatives Greg Stanton (D-AZ-09) and Troy Balderson (R-OH-12) have introduced the Rebuilding Our Communities by Keeping aggregates Sustainable (ROCKS) Act bill, citing its potential “to foster local access to stone, sand and gravel essential to construction and public works projects.” The legislation calls for the Secretary of Transportation to establish a working group of federal, state, tribal and local stakeholders to study the use of aggregates and recommend policies ensuring continued access to such materials. 

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