Government, Business

US Construction Spending Up 1.8% in January to Record Level

Construction worker Construction workers in Boston's Seaport district in November. (Steven Senne/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — Spending on U.S. construction projects rose to an all-time high in January, helped by strong gains for home construction and government building projects.

Martin Crutsinger | Associated Press
March 2, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Maine Awarded $61 Million for Bridge Work

Rusted bridge Chuck Coker/Flickr

Maine has been awarded $61 million in federal grants to help replace eight aging highway bridges over the next five years. The two federal grants will help fund construction of bridges on Interstate 295, in Franklin County and Madawaska.

Peter McGuire | Portland (Maine) Press Herald
September 5, 2019
Business, Logistics, TCA

Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor to Invest $20 Million

Port of Indiana Ports of Indiana

The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor plans to invest nearly $20 million over the next four years in a major expansion that will boost its cargo handling capacity.

Joseph S. Pete | The Times (Munster, Ind.)
August 30, 2019
Government, Business

Trade War Hits Housing as Building in US Factory Areas Slows

Housing starts Ty Wright/Bloomberg News

Homebuilders are pulling back from U.S. manufacturing areas as shots fired in President Donald Trump’s trade war begin to ricochet across the economic landscape.

Prashant Gopal | Bloomberg News
August 28, 2019

Alabama’s Deteriorating Roads Cost Drivers $5.3 billion a Year, Report Says

Roads Highway interchange near Birmingham, Ala. (Jay Reeves/Associated Press)

Alabama’s roads and bridges have deteriorated to such an extent that it costs each resident $5.3 billion a year, according to a report by a nonprofit transportation research organization.

February 25, 2019

Construction Supply Group Acquires Three Companies

Construction Supply Group, a distributor of specialty construction materials, accessories and tools, has acquired All-Tex Supply, Masonpro Inc. and Titan Construction Supply. The additions will help to expand the company’s presence in the Texas, Oklahoma, Michigan and Nevada markets.

December 10, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

Could Self-Driving Bulldozers Help Fix A Housing Shortage?

Screenshot via Built Robotics

As the yellow and black bulldozer-like machine zoomed around the construction site preparing the ground for 700 new houses, all that was missing was someone in the driver’s seat.

Marisa Kendall | The Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.)
April 23, 2018

Construction Spending Grows Just 0.1% in February


Spending on U.S. construction projects ticked up a mere 0.1% in February from the prior month, a sign that a growing economy is doing little to spur a more rapid pace for building homes, hospitals and highways.

Josh Boak | The Associated Press
April 2, 2018
Government, Logistics

Nebraska TIGER Grant Will Ease Truck Traffic in Lincoln Area

Jimmy Emerson, DVM/flickr

Nebraska’s Lincoln South Beltway project, partially supported through a recent round of federal grants, is projected to ease traffic by diverting trucks around the city rather than through it.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 13, 2018

Housing Starts Reach Highest Level in More Than a Year

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U.S. new-home construction rose in January to the highest level since October 2016, helped by a surge in apartment building, as momentum in the housing market continues into 2018, government figures showed Feb 16.

February 16, 2018