Damages to buried utilities fell 9% from previous year.

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Common Ground Alliance (CGA) Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) report estimates underground excavation damages in the U.S. last year dropped 9% from 2014 to about 317,000 damages.

The 2015 damage ratio, which measures damages per 1,000 one-call transmissions, decreased by nearly 4% from 2014. Combined with an 8% increase in locate requests, a 15% increase in housing permit activity and a 4% increase in construction spending on infrastructure, the 2015 DIRT Report indicates damages are decreasing as construction activity increases...

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