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Contractor optimism abounds in Commercial Construction Index

Source: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, D.C.

Commercial construction is in high demand across the U.S. and contractors remain optimistic about the current and forward-looking health of the sector, according to the Q3 USG Corporation + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index. Nearly all contractors surveyed this summer (95 percent) expect revenues to grow or remain stable over the next 12 months compared to the prior 12 months, continuing Q2 2017 survey sentiments.

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Traffic ‘chokepoint’ factor shapes bridge market future around expansion jobs

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.; CP staff

Higher volumes of vehicles on the road over the next 25 years stand to spur a 5 percent gain in cement shipments for bridges above present consumption levels. A new PCA Market Intelligence report estimates the U.S. will need as many as 140,000 new or substantially reconfigured bridges by 2040, nearly 60 percent or 81,200 of which will be concrete.

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Mixer driver survey finds lower vacancy rates, fewer capacity constraints

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.

NRMCA 2017 Mixer Driver Recruitment and Retention Survey results are markedly brighter than those of the previous two years. Some 36 percent of respondents turned down business due to lack of drivers in 2016, versus 51 percent the prior year, while the driver vacancy rate dropped about two points for a third consecutive year, to 4.6 percent as of December 2016. Just over 90 percent of 2017 survey respondents cite plans to hire additional mixer drivers this year, up from 72 percent last year.

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Past IowaDOT, AASHTO chief Trombino to head FHWA

Sources: White House Briefing Room; McClure Engineering Co., Clive, Iowa; CP staff

President Donald Trump will nominate Paul Trombino III, P.E., to be administrator of the Federal Highway Administration. He is set to transition to the agency from Iowa-based McClure Engineering Co., a nine-office transportation and environmental firm for which he has served as president since January 2017.

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Hardscape retailer Pioneer effects 30-store upgrade with eye to DIY market

Sources: Pioneer Landscape Centers, Highlands Ranch, Colo.; CP staff

Pioneer Sand began a transformation to Pioneer Landscape Centers with a post-Labor Day weekend grand re-opening of its six-acre store just outside Denver. “Our Littleton Landscape Center is the first step in what is an exciting next chapter for one of the nation’s preeminent landscape-supply companies where do-it-yourselfers and professionals will find direct-to-customer savings and the best product selection in the industry,” says CEO Sagi Cohen.

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