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So long 2009, welcome 2010

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In a special report on the "2010 Industry Forecast (page 60)/' economic experts shed some light on how they think the coming road construction season should pan out for the asphalt industry. The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARR A) stimulated the asphalt production and construction industry in 2009, and it will continue to stimulate the industry in 2010.

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									                                                                                                                 DECEMBER 2009 • VOL. 23, NO. 10
EDITOR’S PERSPECTIVE



So long 2009, welcome 2010                                                                                                1233 Janesville Avenue • Fort Atkinson, WI 53538
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    I’m happy to see this year come to a close. Whether you referred to it as an                                                       www.asphalt.com

economic downturn or full-fledged recession, 2009 has been a tough year, and I                                   STAFF
think it’s safe to say that we’re all looking for a better 2010.                                                             Amy Schwandt Publisher
                                                                                                                                             amy.schwandt@cygnusb2b.com
    In a special report on the “2010 Industry Forecast (page 60),” economic experts                                         Greg Udelhofen Editor
shed some light on how they think the coming road construction season should                                                                 greg.udelhofen@cygnusb2b.com
pan out for the asphalt industry. The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act                                                     Lisa Cleaver Managing Editor
                                                                                                                                             lisa.cleaver@cygnusb2b.com
(ARRA) stimulated the asphalt production and construction industry in 2009, and
                                                                                                                                Kayla White Graphic Designer
it will continue to stimulate the industry in 2010. The American Road & Transpor-                                               Patti Brown Production Services Representative
tation Builders Association (ARTBA) anticipates highway, street and bridge con-                                                 Steve Swick Production Manager
struction expenditures to reach $90 billion in 2010 due largely to federal spending                                           Christine Gess Group Audience Development Manager
                                                                                                                                Kasey Strike Sales Services
                        through the stimulus bill.
                                                                                                                         Elizabeth Jackson List Rental, (847)492-1350 ext. 18
                            The Transportation Construction Coalition’s recent                                                               ejackson@meritdirect.com
                        nationwide survey of road and transit construction busi-                                             Ryan Mountain Classified Sales
                        nesses reports that over 40% of the responding construction                              ADVERTISING SALES
                        firms anticipate additional lay-offs and 80% anticipate a                                             Jill Draeger      jill.draeger@cygnusb2b.com
                                                                                                                           Tammy Jefson         tammy.jefson@cygnusb2b.com
                        market decline if action on a new highway bill is delayed.
                                                                                                                               Barb Levin       barb.levin@cygnusb2b.com
                            Passage of a new robust federal surface transportation                                            Tom Lutzke        tom.lutzke@cygnusb2b.com
                        bill is critical to the success of the stimulus program. With-                                     Ryan Mountain        ryan.mountain@cygnusb2b.com
                        out new legislation soon, many large multi-year projects                                           Amy Schwandt         amy.schwandt@cygnusb2b.com
                                                                                                                              Eric Servais      eric.servais@cygnusb2b.com
that need to be queued up for improvements will again be delayed and progress
to improve this nation’s transportation lifeline will be stymied.                                                FORCONSTRUCTIONPROS.COM
                                                                                                                            Norine Conroy       Interactive Product Manager
    As we continue to extol the benefits of a substantially-funded federal high-                                              Sam Simon         Editor
way bill — creating more jobs, creating safer roads to reduce deaths and injuries,                                            Jacob Bare        Website Manager
reducing productiv
								
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