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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is leaving office after a largely successful four-year term that saw his image reinvented from fundraiser to accomplished administrator.

Known as a top Democratic money man and close friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton, McAuliffe has notched a series of successes as governor of the nation's 12th largest state. They range from major transportation deals to an overhaul of the state's juvenile justice programs.

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Those who travel on Route 113 should expect to see 17 projects along the corridor.

The Delaware Department of Transportation said they will stretch from Ellendale to Selbyville and are expected to cost over a half billion dollars in the next 20 years.

At the announcement Governor John Carney said that getting a grip on traffic flow was a key to economic development and quality of life in the state.

WBOC reports that topping the plan’s priorities are projects involving Routes 9 and 404 intersections in Georgetown as well as adding a bypass for Route 24 in Millsboro.

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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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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) and top Democratic Legislative Leaders spar at Marc Steiner's Annapolis Summit as the General Assembly's 90 day session got underway this week. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush has this report.

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Snow hit the peninsula this weekend with over a foot in some areas.

Ocean View saw around 13 inches with Lewes, Delaware getting 10 inches.

In Salisbury and Snow Hill there was 9 top 10 inches of snow.

Up in Delaware it ranged from Dover with 3 and a half inches and Smyrna with 6 inches to 9.4 inches in in Selbyville.

Governor Jack Markell lifted the state of emergency after Saturday’s winter storm and the Delaware Department of Transportation made good progress in clearing off the roads.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A Virginia transportation board has chosen to expand the congestion-plagued Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel.
 
Media outlets report the Commonwealth Transportation Board voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the project, which includes adding a third tunnel and expanding from four lanes to six.
 
The bridge carries Interstate 64 across Hampton Roads harbor, near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, between Norfolk and Hampton. During tourist season, 100,000 vehicles a day drive across it.
 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Senate president says a senior state transportation official should be relieved of his leadership role.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller wrote Tuesday that James Ports, a deputy transportation secretary, has shown an "appalling lack of professionalism and substantive understanding" about a law that creates a scoring system to rank transportation projects in the state's funding process.

The bill was a point of contention between Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and the Democrat-controlled legislature.

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PENNSVILLE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Emergency construction on the Delaware Memorial Bridge is causing traffic delays.

Construction crews on Wednesday are replacing three suspension ropes and crews have closed three of the four lanes on the Delaware-bound span that links New Jersey with Delaware.

Officials say traffic has been shifted to the right lane to reduce the load in the work area to maintain required structural factors of safety during this process. The speed limit is reduced to 35 mph. 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A glance at some of the legislation that has cleared the Maryland General Assembly, as lawmakers near the end of their 90-day session Monday at midnight:

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate is nearing a vote to override the governor's veto of a hotly debated bill on the state's policy for deciding what transportation projects get funding.

The Senate could vote as soon as Friday to override the bill. The House voted to override the bill on Thursday, largely along party lines.

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