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Hoffman offers an alternative for Minn. road project (UPDATE)

By Jack Zemlicka It took less than 15 minutes for Hoffman Construction Co. to go from disappointed loser to astonished winner. Jim Hoffman, owner of Black River Falls-based Hoffman, said he was crushed when the bids were announced Friday for ...

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Budget battle stalls prevailing wage change

By James Briggs As large-scale protesting runs into a second week, the state Capitol remains consumed with Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill. That means other issues — some of them time-sensitive — are stuck on the back burner. “There’s ...

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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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Will Republicans’ victories be a win for the construction industry?

By James Briggs In the wake of Tuesday’s midterm election, the 2011 state legislative agenda has become a little clearer — and in many cases, more promising than the past two years — for construction lobbyists. Republicans gained majorities in ...

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Focus on Southwest Wisconsin: I-39/90 project backers turn up the heat

By Susan Lampert Smith Special to The Daily Reporter On bad days, Interstate 39/90 from the Illinois border north to Madison can resemble a snake that swallowed a watermelon. To the south, in Illinois, the highway is a smooth-flowing six ...

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Skepticism mixes with enthusiasm over 120-year concrete recipe

By Sean Ryan Road builders question the practicality of concrete that could last 120 years and significantly cut the industry‘s workload. Materials researchers have found ways to extend pavement life to more than a century. Konstantin Sobolev, a University of ...

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Lawmaker pushes for I-39/90 project money (UPDATE)

By Darryl Enriquez State Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan, D-Janesville, said he wants money for the planned $1.02 billion expansion of Interstate 39/90 from the Illinois border to Madison approved before Gov. Jim Doyle leaves office this fall. If the money ...

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Tolls return as road building solution

By Paul Snyder A coalition of state organizations wants tolls to pay for road construction. But recommendations and reports are not enough to drum up legislative support. “I’d want to see the plans for where they would go and how ...

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Builders rally against gas tax for carbon research

By Sean Ryan A proposal to use a federal gasoline tax increase to pay for carbon-emissions research is frustrating builder associations that want the money for highway construction. “Ultimately, we have very limited opportunities to make the investment that everybody ...

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