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18 • ROCK products • October 2018 www.rockproducts.com IN THE KNOW FAST FACT The AWE Seal of Approval is awarded to companies on the criteria of balanced leadership and overall workforce success. Chaney Enterprises won its 10th consecutive Alliance for Workplace Excellence (AWE) Seal of Approval award for its commitment to support- ing employees and their communities. AWE, based in Gaithersburg, Md., is a non-profit dedicated to helping compa- nies become great places to work. The AWE Seal of Approval is awarded to companies on the criteria of bal- anced leadership and overall workforce success. Chaney's selection for this award recognizes superiority in cor- porate culture practices, employee opportunity and family friendly poli- cies, commitment to corporate, social, and civic responsibility, and diversity and inclusion practices, among other attributes. Chaney was also awarded the AWE Health & Wellness Seal of Approval and the AWE EcoLeadership Award, applauding employee health and wellness initiatives and commitment to environmental sustainability and effective use of resources, respectively. As one of 41 employers of all sizes and industry types from across the coun- try being recognized, Chaney is the only concrete and aggregate supplier in the region to receive the awards this year. "We pride ourselves on providing an excellent experience for our employees which, in turn, helps them to deliver excellent service to our customers," said Francis "Hall" Chaney, III, president of Chaney Enterprises. "To be recognized as a leader in workplace excellence for the past decade is reassuring for our employees and shows our team's com- mitment to our mission of taking pride in delivering exceptional products and services, while demonstrating commit- ment to our people, our communities, and our environment." Chaney Enterprises Wins Workplace Excellence Award Roads and bridges that are deterio- rated, congested or lack some desirable safety features cost California motorists a total of $61 billion annually due to higher vehicle operating costs, traffic crashes and congestion-related delays. Adequate investment in transporta- tion improvements at the local, state and federal levels is needed to relieve traffic congestion, improve conditions, boost safety and support long-term eco- nomic growth in California, according to a report released by TRIP, a Washing- ton, D.C.-based national transportation research organization. "California Transportation by the Num- bers: Meeting the State's Need for Safe, Smooth and Efficient Mobility" finds that more than two-thirds (68 percent) of major locally and state-maintained roads are in poor or mediocre condi- tion and 1,603 of 25,657 locally and state-maintained bridges (20 ft. or longer) are structurally deficient. The report also finds that California's major urban roads are becoming increasingly congested, causing significant delays and choking commuting and commerce. Thirteen percent of California's major roads are in fair condition and the remaining 19 percent are in good con- dition. Driving on deteriorated roads costs California motorists a total of $22.1 billion each year in extra vehicle operating costs an average of $843 per driver. These costs include accelerated vehicle depreciation, additional repair costs, and increased fuel consumption and tire wear. Traffic congestion in California is wors- ening, costing the state's drivers a total of $29.1 billion each year in lost time and wasted fuel. Eighty-five percent of its urban Interstates are congested. California's overall traffic fatality rate of 1.07 per 100 million vehicle miles of travel is lower than the national average of 1.18. The fatality rate on non-Inter- state rural roads is approximately four and a half times higher than on all other roads in the state. Traffic crashes in which roadway features were likely a contributing factor imposed $9.8 billion in costs on California drivers in 2016. The efficiency and condition of California's transportation system, particularly its highways, is critical to the health of the state's economy. Annu- ally, $2.8 trillion in goods are shipped to and from sites in California, mostly by trucks. In April 2017, the California legislature enacted SB 1 – the Road Repair and Accountability Act. SB 1 increased state revenues for transportation by increas- ing the state's gasoline and diesel taxes, implementing a transportation invest- ment fee on vehicles and initiating an annual fee on zero emission vehicles. It is estimated that SB 1 will increase state revenues for California's transportation system by an average of $5.2 billion annually over the next decade. "Driving on deficient California roads comes with a $61 billion yearly price tag for the state's motorists," said Will Wilkins, TRIP's executive direc- tor. "Adequate funding for the state's transportation system would allow for smoother roads, more efficient mobility, enhanced safety, and economic growth opportunities while saving California's drivers time and money. Bad Roads, Bridges Cost California Motorists $61 Billion Annually

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