Construction will decline sharply in 2009, experts say. They note that the decline comes after several years of growth in highway/bridge and commercial building markets. Economists predict nonresidential spending will fall by up to 9% while labor costs may climb 4.5%. Despite the downturn, some major construction projects, such as the $425 million Aqua high-rise project in Chicago and expansion at O'Hare International Airport, are moving forward.

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