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JUL 2015

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Page 8 of 55 ROCK products • July 2015 • 7 Design & Construction of Fines Recovery Equipment Doing What We Do Best HIGH RATE THICKENER FRACTIONATOR VERTICAL DURABILITY CELL SUPER CUTTER HYDRO-CYCLONE PLATE & FRAME PRESS DEWATERING SCREEN Learn More Call 866-616-9351 or Visit Providing Solutions cans are more reliant on the quality of their transportation system than their urban counterparts. "America's rural transportation sys- tem enables the farm to market supply chain, supports our tourism and energy industries, and allows for the produc- tion of the goods and services that are vital to our nation's economic health and growth," said Janet Kavinoky, exec- utive director of Transportation and Infrastructure at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. "But years of inadequate transportation funding have left a defi- cient rural transportation network that does not meet present-day demands. Improving the transportation system will create jobs today and leave a last- ing asset for future generations." The TRIP report finds that the U.S. needs to adopt transportation policies that will improve rural transportation connectivity, safety and conditions to provide the nation's small communi- ties and rural areas with safe and ef- ficient access to support quality of life and enhance economic productivity. To accomplish this, the report recom- mends modernizing and extending key routes to accommodate personal and commercial travel, implementing needed roadway safety improvements, improving public transit access to ru- ral areas, and adequately funding the preservation and maintenance of rural transportation assets. "The safety and quality of life in Amer- ica's small communities and rural areas and the health of the nation's economy ride on our rural trans- portation system. The nation's ru- ral roads provide crucial links from farm to market, move manufactured and energy products, and provide ac- cess to countless tourism, social and recreational destinations," said Will Wilkins, executive director of TRIP. "But, with long-term federal transpor- tation legislation stuck in political grid- lock in Washington, economic growth in America's rural communities could be threatened. Funding the modernization of our rural transportation system will create jobs and help ensure long-term economic development and quality of life in rural America." FAST FACT In 2014, 11 percent of the nation's rural bridges were rated as structurally deficient and 10 percent were functionally obsolete.

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