60 years of interstate highways

As America prepares to improve and maintain the system, many jobs are available says the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association.

The national interstate highway system was brought into being 60 years ago when President Eisenhower signed the system into law on June 29, 1956.

“The National Interstate Highway System was built on a foundation of aggregates, and today an estimated 1.2 million pounds of stone, sand and gravel are used by every American over the course of their lives. These aggregates are proudly produced by NSSGA member companies,” the association says.

“When it was built, our highway system was the envy of the world. It connected communities and fueled a world-class economy,” said Michael W Johnson, president, National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association.

“While our nation has lapsed in maintaining the system over 60 years, the men and women of the aggregates industry are ready to produce the very building blocks needed to return our infrastructure to its former glory.”

The association welcomes recent developments in Washington, DC are encouraging signs of commitment to investing in the nation’s infrastructure. The first multi-year highway bill was signed into law in December 2015 and provided much-needed guarantees for states to green-light maintenance and improvements to roads, highways and bridges.

“Because of this welcome progress, now is the ideal time for people looking for highly-skilled and good-paying jobs to work in the aggregates industry. NSSGA recently launched a new workforce initiative to bring talented people into the industry through a new website, jobs.nssga.org, that has a comprehensive list of jobs available across the United States, “ it says.

“We like to say that when the aggregates industry is doing well, America is doing well. That’s because we’re building and growing our economy, cities and communities with aggregates,” Johnson said. “This industry is in need of talented people to produce America’s building materials. There are many skilled and good-paying jobs available in the quarrying industry, from engineers to equipment operators to operation managers.”

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