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September Construction Starts Settle Back 5 Percent

New construction starts in September fell 5 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $709.6 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. The September downturn followed 9 percent declines in both July and August, as the pace of construction starts has now pulled back for the third month in a row after reaching the current year’s high in June.

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Aggregates Shipments Spike Higher on St. Lawrence Seaway

Total cargo shipments via the St. Lawrence Seaway from March 29 to Sept. 30 reached 25.7 million metric tons, up 4.1 percent over the same time period in 2017.

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Water Resources and Development Act a Win for Industry

The U.S. Senate approved a reauthorization of the Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA) by a vote of 99-1,sending the two-year bill to the president’s desk. 

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Polycor Merges with Indiana Limestone

The largest producer of natural stone in North America, Polycor Inc., completed its merger with Indiana Limestone Co. (ILCO), a dimensional limestone quarrier and building products producer headquartered in Bloomington, Ind. This announcement comes shortly after Polycor’s recent acquisition of four limestone quarries in France in July, now positioning the company as a global leader in the natural stone industry.

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North Dakota Faces $2.5 Billion Transportation Shortfall

While increased transportation investment in North Dakota, largely as a result of the state’s energy boom, has allowed numerous projects to proceed, additional investment is still needed to improve road and bridge conditions, enhance safety and accommodate projected growth, according to a new report from TRIP, a national nonprofit transportation research group based in Washington, D.C.

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