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Traffic congestion is costing Minnesota construction firms $150 million a year, survey says (MN)

Traffic congestion is costing Minnesota construction firms $150 million a year, survey says (MN)

MinnPost.com
By Brad Allen | Published Fri, Jun 11 2010 9:16 am 

Minnesota construction companies pay an estimated $150 million in added costs and lose 77,000 days of worker productivity annually because of traffic congestion, according to a survey of construction firms released Thursday by an industry associat

Eighteen percent of Minnesota construction companies — the highest level among the states and twice the national average — report their costs are boosted 11 percent or more by traffic snarls.

Those conclusions were released by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) at a manufacturing plant in Brooklyn Park that makes Caterpillar road-paving equipment. With construction industry employment hard hit by the current recession, the industry association is kicking off a lobbying campaign to put transportation funding on the front burner in Washington.

“Traffic tie-ups nationwide are sapping productivity, delaying construction projects and raising costs for construction firms of all types,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “Given the hardships they are facing, the last thing contractors need is to burn time, fuel and money stuck in traffic.”

Sandherr chided Congress and the Obama administration for not moving forward on the federal transportation bill... FULL ARTICLE

 

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