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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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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Panel finds concrete pavements equal to coming decades’ demands

Sources: American Concrete Pavement Association, Rosemont, Ill.; CP staff

The American Concrete Pavement Association’s 16-page treatise, “VISION2040: The Future of Concrete Pavement Imagined,” provides a glimpse of transportation policy, planning and project execution over the next 20 years; describes anticipated agency or project owner needs; forecasts how rigid pavements will serve various functions; explains how the association and allies will shape the future; and, indicates the great potential for infrastructure safety, performance and value if stakeholders invest and collaborate effectively along the way. 

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Road Builders project modest transportation market gains in new year

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

ARTBA Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black projects a 4.2 percent year-over-year increase for the 2019 transportation infrastructure market, reflecting higher federal, state and local government investment across all modes. Total U.S. transportation construction and related-market activity is projected to eclipse $278 billion in 2019, up from this year’s trending tally of nearly $267 billion.

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