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Hearing calls for infrastructure outlays, GOP budget hawks target Davis-Bacon

Sources: Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) have introduced companion bills in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to repeal Davis-Bacon Act prevailing wage requirements in federally funded highway construction.

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Agency, federation name inaugural Green Infrastructure certifications

Sources: DC Water, Water Environment Federation, Washington, D.C.

An inaugural group of 62 individuals has completed the DC Water and Water Environment Federation (WEF) National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP), designed for candidates demonstrating competency in the foundational knowledge, concepts, and terminology required to perform tasks related to green infrastructure (GI) construction, inspection, and maintenance.

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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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