Construction starts expected to stay flat in 2012, says outlook report

Source: McGraw-Hill Construction, New York

Although housing and commercial building construction starts may improve in 2012, they will be offset by weakness in the public works and institutional building sectors, says the Dodge Construction Outlook from McGraw-Hill Construction, part of The McGraw-Hill Companies.

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Construction recovery to vary by region, says report

Source: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.

According to a recent PCA report, relatively flat conditions will face the U.S. cement market for the next two years, but this will vary from region to region. Overall, North Dakota, Nebraska, Alaska, Arkansas, and Washington, D.C., have the strongest relative construction fundamentals. On the other end, Nevada, Florida, Arizona, Mississippi and Rhode Island currently have the weakest.

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Essroc, Lehigh Hanson-backed team tests photocatalytic cement-bound, MoDOT pavement

Sources: Iowa State University's Institute for Transportation, Ames; Lehigh Hanson, Inc., Irving, Texas; Staff reports

The Missouri Department of Transportation, in collaboration with the Federal Highway Administration, the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center at Iowa State University’s Institute for Transportation, the Essroc Italcementi Group, and Lehigh Hanson, recently began extensive research on the environmental benefits of using concrete made with a new cement product in the construction of highways.

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Pavement guide now available

Source: Portland Cement Association 

Guide to Cement-Based Integrated Pavement Solutions provides a clear, concise, and cohesive presentation of cement-bound materials options for 10 specific engineering pavement applications.

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