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$3.00 ® Published Nationally “The Nation’s Best Read Construction Newspaper… Founded 1957.” Western Edition March 23, 2013 • Vol. IX • No. 6 • 470 Maryland Drive • Ft. Washington, PA 19034 • 215/885-2900 • Toll Free 800-523-2200 • Fax 215/885-2910 Inside Utah I-15 Corridor: A Custom Design Job Jeff Winke SPECIAL TO CEG The Utah County I-15 Corridor Expansion (I-15 CORE) project began in April 2010 and was deadlined for an end of 2012 completion — an unprecedented 35 month schedule. A joint venture company, called Provo River Constructors (PRC), was selected by the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) to design and build the I-15 CORE. PRC is Attendance Rises at The Rental Show. ..8 see UTAH page 18 Exports of U.S. Iron Tops 13 Percent in ’12 Kir by-Smith Shows Texas Highway Support...38 Ritchie Pulls Off ‘The Big One’ in Fla. ...54 Table of Contents ............4 Calif. Section ............29-31 Asphalt, Concrete, Paving, Compaction & Milling Section ......................35-49 Business Calendar ........50 Auction Section ......52-61 Advertisers Index ..........62 Since the subbase had been graded with a motorgrader using a Trimble GCS900 Grade Control System, PRC felt confident it could accurately place the gravel layers. Warm Temperatures Boost Jan.’s Highway Construction Numbers The real value of highway construction was up 4.3 percent in January 2013 compared to January 2012, according to the latest analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). “Weather is the driving force behind the value of transportation work in January, which can be volatile,” said ARTBA Chief Economist Alison Premo Black. “With warmer than average temperatures across the country, many consee CONSTRUCTION page 26 Exports of U.S.-made construction equipment topped 13 percent in 2012 compared to the previous year for a total $26.7 billion, with South America and Asia reporting the weakest gains, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), citing U.S. Commerce Dept. data it uses in global markets reports for members. AEM noted that the 13-percent gain for 2012 follows 43-percent growth in 2011 and 28-percent growth in 2010, after a 2009 decline of 38 percent in the depths of the recession. “Exports have been called a bright spot for the U.S. economy, and this has been especially true for construction equipment manufacturers. Exports have been essential to our industry’s rebound as we continue to struggle with uneven U.S. markets,” stated Al Cervero, AEM vice president and construction sector leader. “With this global slowing and continued domestic market uncertainties, it’s more imporsee EXPORTS page 26

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