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NOV 2018

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16 • ROCK products • November 2018 www.rockproducts.com I N D U S T RY N E W S IN THE KNOW such a highly regarded, well-run busi- ness into our Knife River family," said David L. Goodin, president and CEO of MDU Resources. "Sweetman has been a key player in the area for nearly 90 years. Its team members' relationships and expertise are important as we look to continue to provide great service throughout the region." Sweetman's team of 260 employees will join Knife River's North Central Region, which operates in Iowa, Min- nesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. "Knife River's success has been built on acquisitions like this one," said David C. Barney, president and CEO of Knife River. "Sioux Falls has a strong and diverse economy. The Sweetman com- panies have a successful history there, and we look forward to continuing to support construction in Sioux Falls for generations to come." Roads and bridges that are deterio- rated, congested or lack some desirable safety features cost Missouri motorists a total of $7.8 billion statewide annually – as much as $2,0311 per driver – due to higher vehicle operating costs, traffic crashes and congestion-related delays. Increased investment in transporta- tion improvements at the local, state and federal levels could relieve traffic congestion; improve road, bridge and transit conditions; boost safety; and support long-term economic growth in Missouri, according to a report released by TRIP, a Washington, D.C.-based national transportation research group. "Missouri Transportation by the Num- bers: Meeting the State's Need for Safe, Smooth and Efficient Mobility" finds that throughout Missouri, one-half of major locally and state-maintained roads are in poor or mediocre condition and 13 percent of locally and state-maintained bridges are structurally deficient. It also finds that Missouri's major urban roads are becoming increasingly congested, causing significant delays, and choking commuting and commerce. The TRIP report calculates the cost to motorists of insufficient roads in the TRIP Issues Grim Report on Missouri Roads, Bridges

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