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Transportation Research Board pens Interstate Renewal Plan

American Concrete Pavement Association directors have approved a resolution formally supporting a recently released Transportation Research Board (TRB) report stating the case for annual investment of $45 billion to $70 billion to cover rebuilding of Interstate highway pavements and bridges. The funding range in “Renewing the National Commitment to the Interstate Highway System: A Foundation for the Future” applies only to the Interstate portion of the overall Federal-aid highway system.

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EPA taps public, private channel toward Water Reuse Action Plan

A new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency initiative aims to leverage industry and government expertise to ensure the effective use of the nation’s water resources. “[They] are the lifeblood of our communities, and the federal government has the responsibility to ensure all Americans have access to reliable sources of clean and safe water,” says Assistant Administrator for Water David Ross. “There is innovative work happening across the sector to advance water reuse, and the EPA wants to accelerate that work through coordinated federal leadership.”

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HUD Secretary Carson on board with P3 projects, 3D-printed concrete

The day before visiting the proof of 3D concrete printing concept house in Austin, Texas, (note page 20) U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson addressed Trump Administration measures responding to increased building demand in cities across the country at the Public-Private Partnership Conference in Dallas:

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Employee immigration status second to injury in OSHA investigation

An Occupational Safety and Health Administration complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts alleges that Tara Construction Inc., Boston, retaliated against an injured employee by facilitating his arrest at the hands of Immigration and Customs Enforcement staff. Reporting an injury to an employer and spurring an OSHA proceeding are protected activities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the agency contends.

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Construction demand skews labor statistics, overall market

Construction was a bright spot in the 2018 national labor market, despite financial turmoil, recessionary expectations, and a fourth quarter government shutdown, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) analysis by the Construction Services Group of New York-based accountancy Marcum LLP.

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