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FHWA data shows marked improvement in bridge conditions

Sources: Infrastructure Data Solutions, Regina, Saskatchewan; CP staff

Twenty-five years of sustained funding, plus advanced construction and engineering practices, have led to a steady improvement of the condition of U.S. bridges. Infrastructure Data Solutions’ (IDS) analysis of the Federal Highway Administration’s latest National Bridge Inventory data reveals a 12-point decline in the number of bridges deemed structurally deficient over a quarter century.

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Early Trump campaign chief to keynote joint NRMCA, NSSGA session

Sources: National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff

Corey Lewandowski, who served as manager for much of Donald Trump’s White House run, will address the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association on March 5 at Las Vegas’ Wynn Encore Hotel, where both groups’ annual conventions will lead into ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017.

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Construction materials stakeholders champion Transportation Secretary Chao

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.; National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

The U.S. Senate’s January 31 confirmation of Elaine Chao as Secretary of Transportation, by a 93-6 vote, drew enthusiastic response from the two groups representing concrete producers’ principal suppliers.

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U.S. Green Building Council names leading states for LEED projects

Sources: U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

With 136 projects representing 3.73 square feet of certified space per resident, Massachusetts heads the new Top 10 States for LEED, the U.S. Green Building Council’s annual ranking of states showing significant strides in sustainable building design, construction and transformation.

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ACI releases 2017 Manual of Concrete Practice

Source: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, MI

The new ACI Manual of Concrete Practice contains more than 250 documents, and represents the most comprehensive and largest single source of concrete engineering and construction insight available in one set. The Manual contains all of the ACI documents needed to address code requirements, specifications, tolerances, concrete proportions, construction methods, and evaluation of test results—to name a few topics.

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