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Transportation Bill a Win for Industry

The chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America, Stephen E. Sandherr, issued the following statement recently in reaction to Congressional passage of a 27-month highway and transit measure:



“The passage of the 27-month transportation bill ends nearly three years worth of temporary extensions that have made it increasingly difficult for state and local officials to plan for, fund and execute major new infrastructure projects. The new highway and transit bill should allow construction to finally begin on many long-delayed, yet vital, projects. In addition, this bill will make it easier for a host of long-contemplated projects to move through a regulatory review process that until now was hopelessly inefficient.



“The members of Congress that worked so hard to craft this measure understand that the benefits to our economy from infrastructure investments are too important to be undermined by legitimate disagreements over a handful of policy questions. Indeed passing this measure is a significant victory for construction workers, commuters, shippers and the economy.



“Today’s legislative accomplishments must be seen, however, as the start of a broader effort to address the long-term funding challenges that still threaten the federal transportation program. That is why we look forward to resuming work on an even-longer term transportation measure that includes key revenue reforms as soon as Congress returns later next month.”

Look for more information on the highway and transit measure in the September/October issue of Constructor and how AGC played a part in incorporating reforms into the measure.

 

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Excavation Work Turns Up Little Piece Of History

October 18, 2012
By PAMELA BRUST (pbrust@newsandsentinel.com) , Parkersburg News and Sentinel



PARKERSBURG - While excavating on the site of the former Wood County Magistrate Court building, Tim Graham came across a glass treasure - an intact bottle with the name Depue & Co. Bottlers on it.



"We were working with the dozer and it just kind of rolled out and caught my eye. It was full of dirt at the time. I've been trying to clean it up. It's unique in that it's a cork-only bottle," Graham said. The lettering on the bottle appears to be either ACEY or AGEY Depue & Co. Bottlers, Parkersburg, W.Va.

Graham made the find Monday while working in the southeast corner of the vacant lot. The former magistrate court building was razed this summer to make way for a parking lot in front of the new Wood County Justice Center. The magistrate court was relocated to the new building. Graham's crew was expected to complete work Wednesday or early Thursday.





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