House approves 7-month extension of SAFETEA-LU
“Our members are the crushed stone, sand, and gravel operations in almost every congressional
district in the country and the principle suppliers of the materials used to build and rehabilitate
our nation’s highways, roads, and bridges,” said Jennifer Joy Wilson, president and CEO of NSSGA, in the letter to Congress.
“For the aggregates industry, the passage of five short-term extensions since the expiration of SAFETEA-LU on Sept. 30, 2009, has had a devastating impact. The lack of certainty in the federal highway market is preventing states and local governments from advancing highway projects. Because our industry makes capital investment and human resource decisions based on projections about the direction of the highway construction market over the long term, a drawn out approach involving short-term extensions depresses the construction sector further.” (For the full text of NSSGA’s letter to Congress, click here.) –Tina Grady Barbaccia