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33 state DOTs exploring drone use

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A growing number of state departments of transportation are leveraging innovative drone technology to creatively improve safety, reduce traffic congestion and save money.

According to a March 2016 survey by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), 33 state departments of transportation have or are exploring, researching or testing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), commonly referred to as drones, to inspect bridges and assist with clearing vehicle crashes, among other innovative applications. (more…)

Tuning in to aggregate supply

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By James Careless

Billions of dollars worth of construction aggregates were produced in the U.S. in 2014, according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Mineral Commodity Summaries 2015 report.

It was 19.8 billion dollars to be exact. That is seven percent more than 2013. The growth reaffirms the ongoing recovery of the U.S. construction market in all sectors – including asphalt road building. (more…)