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Eventually, Congress will pass a Transportation Bill. Even when the bill passes, it will take months for the bidding process to get underway and even longer before contracts are awarded and construction begins. This planning and bidding phase is the perfect time to show why your equipment needs to be a critical part of the asphalt jobsite.
New construction, however, isn't the only game in town. Recycling, warm mix and other sustainable approaches will continue to gather momentum as the industry addresses how to maintain a rapidly deteriorating road network. Preservation will hold the spotlight for agencies that must maintain their surface transportation network on slimmer, trimmer budgets.