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Construction material costs rise in December

The price of nearly every major construction material increased last month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ December producer price index. The prices of four key construction materials increased in December and overall in 2010. Diesel fuel increased 2.3 ...

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Federal rule change threatens to put Wisconsin road projects on ice

By Joe Lanane National transportation analysts predict project downsizing and postponements now that federal transportation payment amounts no longer are guaranteed. Wisconsin’s slate of highway projects could face the same instability as those scheduled in other states, though it’s far ...

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State predicts repaved I-94 will last up to 15 years (UPDATE)

By Joe Lanane Repaving Interstate 94 in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties is simply delaying the inevitable, according to a pavement industry veteran. Kevin McMullen, executive director of the Wisconsin Concrete Pavement Association, said rehab is not the best way for ...

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State’s diesel emission rule losing steam (UPDATE)

By Joe Lanane A shared skepticism between industry representatives and the state Department of Natural Resources’ new secretary might kill the agency’s proposed diesel emission rule. “We want to be careful to make sure Wisconsin is not all of a ...

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