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U.S. traffic is growing at fastest rate since 1997: Kemp

(John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own) LONDON – Traffic on U.S. roads is growing at the fastest rate in almost two decades, as cheap gasoline, coupled with a strong economy, encourages motorists to use their cars more. U.S. motorists drove 3.12 trillion miles in the 12 months ending in September 2015, an increase ...

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Plunging oil prices expected to dampen Texas revenue outlook

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AUSTIN, Texas — Plunging oil prices are expected to dampen how much money lawmakers will have to spend when the Texas Legislature returns to work this week. Republican Comptroller Glenn Hegar will announce the new state revenue estimate Monday. The number is a crucial starting point that tells budget writers how much money is available. Tax relief and more roads ...

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Amite County officials have road worries

LIBERTY, Miss.— The Amite County countryside rolls over 732 square miles and has sought-after timber and oil and natural gas reserves. The county’s road system is already used to big trucks. But now, with the busy Tuscaloosa Marine Shale oil play, development has begun to enter a fever pitch. The Tuscaloosa Marine Shale formation is located in southwest Mississippi and ...

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ND oil patch road projects bring calm to towns

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ALEXANDER, N.D.— For the first time in a long time, the main street in the North Dakota oil patch community of Alexander is quiet. Oil field traffic would pack the no-stoplight town just a few weeks ago between Williston and Watford City, with 13,000 vehicles a day creeping through. Now, with a 3.8-mile highway bypass completed, the nonstop flow of ...

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Old mines causing Rt. 33 to sag near Nelsonville, OH

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Mary Beth Lane | Columbus Dispatch A state transportation engineer was driving west on Rt. 33 toward Nelsonville one day last summer when he felt a dip in the road. Andy Moreland, a geotechnical engineer with the Ohio Department of Transportation, pulled over to take a look. Sure enough, there was a noticeable sag. Later, back in his office, Moreland ...

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Texas counties unable to afford Eagle Ford road maintenance

As the amount of oilfield traffic has increased on county roads around the state, local governments are finding that they are unable to cope with the needed road maintenance costs. Despite the state collecting millions in royalties from the shale boom, counties are finding themselves left holding the bag for road repairs. Barry Davis from KENS 5 in San Antonio ...

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Pa. construction industry takes online approach to look for new hires

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Jon Schmitz | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette After years in the doldrums, the region’s highway construction industry is rebounding to the point where a trade organization is actively recruiting prospective workers with online “virtual apprenticeships.” The Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania “identified a principal threat to the industry: a future skilled construction workforce shortage,” said Rich Barcaskey, executive director of the association, ...

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Energy boom changes road linking to ND oil fields

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ANDREA J. COOK Rapid City Journal LUDLOW, S.D. (AP) — As a trucker who identified himself only as “Buck” sees it, the traffic and turmoil generated by the Bakken oil field in North Dakota keeps growing “like a fungus” along U.S. Highway 85, a once quiet two-lane road that is now busy with speeding trucks and big rigs. The highway ...

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Oil patch counties too wet for oil trucks again

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By Lauren Donovan, The Bismark Tribune BISMARCK, N.D. — McKenzie and Mountrail counties were in the second day of closing gravel roads to heavy oil traffic Thursday after yet another round of rain and snow mix caused soft mud to develop. To prevent damage, both counties restricted vehicles heavier than 12,000 pounds from being out on gravel roads, with the exception of ...

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