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DEC 2018

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Page 32 of 99 ROCKproducts • December 2018 • 31 Nonresidential starts in Pennsylva- nia totaled $22.7 billion in 2017 and $13.7 billion in 2016, according to ConstructConnect. Around the Region A former Braen Stone quarry in Ando- ver, N.J., is about to become the site of the largest glass recycling facility in the world. The 250,000-sq.-ft. process- ing plant, which Pace Glass is building on the site of an 85-acre former rock quarry on Limecrest Road, will be capable of handling 15,000 tpd of recyclable glass from sorting facilities throughout the Northeast and more than 90 tph. Key New Jersey construction projects included a $310 million mixed-use complex in Newark; a $258 million mixed-use development in Wee- hawken; and a $109 million addition to a hospital in Cherry Hill. Roads and bridges that are dete- riorated, congested or lack some desirable safety features cost New York drivers $24.8 billion per year – as much as $2,768 per driver – due to higher vehicle operating costs, traffic crashes and congestion-re- lated delays. The TRIP report, "New York Transportation by the Numbers: Meeting the State's Need for Safe, Smooth and Efficient Mobility," finds that throughout the state, nearly half of major locally and state-maintained roads are in poor or mediocre con- dition and 10 percent of locally and state-maintained bridges (20 feet or longer) are in poor condition. The report also finds that the state's major urban roads are becoming increas- ingly congested, causing significant delays and choking commuting and commerce. In addition to the state- wide report, TRIP has also produced customized regional reports for the Albany-Schenectady-Troy, Bing- hamton, Buffalo-Niagara Falls, New York-Newark-Jersey City, Pough- ke e p s i e - N e w b u r g h - M i d d l e t o w n , Rochester, Syracuse and Utica areas. The efficiency and condition of New York's transportation system, partic- ularly its highways, is critical to the health of the state's economy. Large multifamily projects contin- ued in New York, including the $524 million multifamily portion of a $600 million mixed-use building and the $375 million redevelopment of what had previously been a Macy's garage in Brooklyn, N.Y. Also of note is the $700 million City View Tower at Court Square in Queens, N.Y.; and the $1.8 billion Spiral office tower in the Hudson Yards district. A citizens group that has opposed the Gibraltar Rock quarry in New Hanover, Pa., since it was first proposed 17 years ago has joined the township's appeal of a state mining permit granted in July, according to The Mercury. At issue are quarry blasting and ground- water pumping issues. The impact a proposed expansion of the Gibraltar Rock Quarry would have on ground- water pollution at an adjacent lot once owned by Good's Oil Co. is central to the township's appeal of the issuing of a state mining permit. Among the winners of 2018 National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association Environment Excellence Awards was Specialty Granules LLC's Charmian Plant, Blue Ridge Summit, Pa. Key Pennsylvania construction proj- ects include a $90 million office building in Allentown; and the $148 million Penn State Health Children's Hospital in Hershey. Outgoing House Transportation Com- mittee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), received the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association's 2018 Rock Star Award for his diligent work to invest in our railways, ports, waterways, aviation network, waterways and America's infrastructure. Sources: U.S. Geological Survey and Associated General Contractors of America. AUTOMATE

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