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The access ramp on southbound Route 13 near the Centre at Salisbury will reopen on Monday.

It’s been closed since July forcing travelers to detour east of Naylor Mill Road exit in order to travel south on Route 13.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the closure was required to rehabilitate the bridge on the eastbound side of the bypass that crosses Route 13.

Meanwhile, there will be a temporary median crossover for work on the southbound bridges north of Route 50 near the Norfolk Southern Railroad overpass, Old Ocean City Road and Ocean Gateway.

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Construction of a $756 million parallel tunnel on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel broke ground yesterday.

There were dozens of dignitaries on hand to attend the ceremony for the Thimble Shoals project.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Chesapeake Grill restaurant and the Virginia Originals gift shop where the ceremony was held will disappear with the construction.

There is a toll increase to pay for the construction.

But officials stress that the construction cost will still be the lowest per mile compared to others projects on the East Coast.  

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This weekend the U.S. Route 13 South bound ramp to the Salisbury Bypass will be temporarily closed for around three months.

The Maryland State Highway Administration says that detour will add around five miles to travel time.

In addition, traffic signals will be temporarily put up at the ramps on Naylor Mill Road to ensure traffic flow and safety.

The construction is part of the 2 year, $24 million rehabilitation of 11 Salisbury Bypass bridges.

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Delaware Transportation officials are finding the cost of road construction going up.

That’s according to the Wilmington News Journal.

The paper reports that with a flood of new projects only a few construction companies are bidding on them.

One case is a contract for U.S. Route 301 tollway where Greggo and Ferrara bid on a toll collection facility.

It would connect the Maryland Eastern Shore with Delaware Route 1.

The paper reports that the company bid was $7.9 million for a contact that the state engineer said would cost $4.5 million.

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Progress on Airport Road in Milford has been delayed until a second job can be completed.

Construction has closed Route 113 as crews make repairs including improving drainage and a fresh coat of asphalt.

WBOC reports that the project will need the city to dig up nearly 1.5 miles of road between Route 113 and Route 15 at a cost of $2.4 million.

This and other construction has pushed back the start date for Airport Road requiring additional detours and traffic backups.

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Talbot County will see Route 50 cut down to one lane in each direction in the coming weeks.

WBOC reports that the Maryland State Highway Administration will reduce the lanes between Backtown Road and Timberwind Lane in the town of Trappe.

If all goes well state officials expect to have that stretch of highway back to normal by March.

The work will involve installation of a new 42-inch 160-foot long concrete pipe.

It will replace an existing corrugated metal structure.

The pipe replacement itself will take around four weeks.

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Voters in the Brandywine School District will get yet another chance to vote on a referendum asking for tax increases.

It will essentially be the same as last time with $9 million for the school district’s operating budget and another $19.3 million for construction.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the referendum will not include the $5 million for athletic field turf.

In the last election the referendum lost by 163 votes.

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Referendums in the Christina and Cape Henlopen school districts got the thumbs up from voters yesterday for additional funding.

But in Brandywine school district another funding measure failed when presented to the voters.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Christina was asking for a 21 percent increase in funding for their operating budget while Brandywine wanted $9.5 million for its regular operating budget and $19 million for a construction project.

The Brandywine request was approved by just 145 votes out of over 13-thousand cast.

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There has been a dramatic increase in the number of Delaware residents deciding to rent rather than own their home.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the state saw a rise from 209-thousand at the beginning of the recession in 2008 to 262-thousand in 2014.

As a result there has been an uptick in the development of multi-family dwellings including a major development proposed for New Castle County.

The county last year issued permits for more than 800 multi-family units.

The paper reports that’s up from 500 the year before and 66 in 2010.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Just months after fellow Democrats expressed concerns about Delaware's dire financial situation and a potential $160 million shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year, Gov. Jack Markell is proposing to increase the state's operating budget by more than 5 percent.

The $4.1 billion proposal unveiled Thursday includes $18 million in new spending for a general pay increase for state employees, and an additional $16 million for other salary increases, including $9 million in annual pay increases for teachers.

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Time may be running out for 15 developments in Sussex County.

They have until July 1st to demonstrate that they have begun major work at the site.

Otherwise their land use permits will expire.

This would affect nearly 16-hundred homes.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the County Council issued extensions this week for these projects -- many of which -- were begun in the mid-2-thousands just before the Great Recession decimated the housing market.

The council denied extension for five projects.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A federal lawsuit filed against Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore claims contracts for the construction of the casino were not sufficiently awarded to minority businesses, even though the project received federal housing funds earmarked for that purpose.

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Voters will be going to the polls in the Milford School District tomorrow.

If a referendum is approved the school district says it will help deal with a current budget deficit of $1.2 million.

School superintendent Phyllis Kohel told WBOC that this would allow the district to restore cuts in the curriculum and support student safety efforts.

She said over the last three years the school system has drawn around $1.2 million per year from the require reserve fund.

And it has slashed 30 percent across the board affecting construction, operations and athletics.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The State Board of Health has voted to scale back Virginia abortion clinic regulations that critics say were driven by politics, not science.

The board voted 9-6 to give preliminary approval to amendments to the regulations Thursday. The most noteworthy revision would exempt existing clinics from strict new-hospital construction standards, reversing a decision made by the board when it was dominated by appointees of former Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell. The board also rolled back some construction standards for new facilities.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is signing legislation aimed at improving fire safety for homeowners in Delaware.

The bill to be signed Thursday requires builders of new single-family and two-family homes to provide buyers a cost estimate for installing an automatic sprinkler system. The new law also requires that homebuyers be given information from the State Fire Marshal's Office about the benefits of automatic sprinklers.

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By 2060 the Hispanic population is expected to be the largest minority in Sussex County. And in Immigration Policy Center notes that the Pew Hispanic Center found the undocumented make up around 4.5% of the Delaware workforce. Hidden amongst these figures is a group of undocumented entrepreneurs -- some of whom have businesses making a good deal of money. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush reports on some of these undocumented immigrants who have established these businesses. Charito Calvachi-Mateyko helped produce this story with reportorial and translation work. (Part 1)

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The federal government says Virginia's economy was flat last year.

The U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau for Economic Analysis said Wednesday that Virginia's real gross domestic product was $427.45 billion in 2014, compared with $427.35 billion in 2013.

Slight growth in retail trade, information, durable goods, and health care and social assistance were offset by small declines in construction, real estate and nondurable goods.

Virginia's economy grew by rates of 0.4 percent in 2013, 0.7 percent in 2012 and 0.6 percent in 2011.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Employment Commission says the state's jobless rate fell in January to 4.7 percent, the lowest rate in more than six years.

The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down from 4.8 percent in December 2014 and down from 5.3 percent a year ago.

The commission says January's rate was the lowest rate since October 2008.

Industries seeing employment increases included private education and health services, construction and manufacturing.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of the General Assembly's budget-writing committee are set to begin hearings and discussion on Gov. Jack Markell's proposed $3.9 billion operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The Joint Finance Committee was to convene Tuesday to begin a monthlong series of hearings on individual agency budget requests.

The committee was to begin its work with an overview of state revenues and Markell's budget proposal, followed by individual agency hearings for the state budget office and the Delaware National Guard.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's jobless rate fell to 4.8 percent in December, marking the state's lowest unemployment rate since October 2008.

The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down from 5 percent in November and down from 5.2 percent a year ago.

The Virginia Employment Commission says job gains were seen in six major industries, including leisure and hospitality and total government. Job losses were recorded in five other industries, including construction.

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Despite the recent bad weather the Streetscape project in Bethany Beach is still on track for completion by Memorial Day.

However, if there are further delays and the project is not finished by then Bethany Beach Vice Mayor Jack Gordon said that construction would be halted for the summer season and would resume later in the year.

Currently, almost all of the resort’s Garfield Parkway is blocked off .

Construction was started almost a year ago and is aimed at making the main road more accessible and safe for pedestrians.