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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.

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:


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.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates is scheduled to vote on overriding two of Gov. Larry Hogan's vetoes.

The House votes are expected Thursday.

One of the measures vetoed by the Republican governor would create a scoring system to rank transportation projects for funding. While it wouldn't prevent the governor from funding a project with a lower score than another, it would require an explanation for the decision.

Another bill Hogan vetoed would change the composition of a commission that nominations members of the Anne Arundel County school board.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland General Assembly has approved creating a scoring system to prioritize Maryland transportation projects.

The House voted 83-51 for the bill Thursday, sending it to Gov. Larry Hogan, who says he will veto it.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Commonwealth Transportation Board is asking the public for input on prioritizing transportation projects.

The board has scheduled nine public meetings around Virginia in November. The meetings will give the public an opportunity to review and provide input on 321 proposed local and regional projects that localities submitted to be scored.

BALTIMORE (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is making a transportation announcement in Baltimore.

The governor has scheduled a Thursday news conference at the West Baltimore MARC station.

A spokesman for Hogan on Wednesday declined to provide specific details about the announcement.

Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn is scheduled to attend, along with Maryland Transit Administrator Paul Comfort.

In June, the Hogan administration announced it would not move forward with a proposed light rail project in the city known as the Red Line.

CHRISTIANA, Del. (AP) - Evening rush-hour drivers will run into backups near Christiana, Delaware for more than two weeks as road crews replace the bridge deck on northbound Interstate 95 over Delaware Route 7.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the four available lanes on northbound I-95 will be reduced to two on that bridge starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday until Oct. 16. Transportation officials say roadwork will occur weekdays from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. and weekends from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.

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In January construction should begin on the U.S. 301 toll road relief route.

It should be done by the end of 2018.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that this comes as a result of the approval by a federal program to provide $211.3 million for the project.

Delaware Transportation Secretary Jennifer Cohan called this a key moment for transportation construction in Delaware.

The paper says this will cover about a third of the total cost of $643 million.

The First State has not seen a new toll road in years.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's transportation secretary says he believes a light rail in the suburbs of Washington will be built to meet more cost-effective stipulations.

Pete Rahn briefed lawmakers Tuesday on decisions announced last month by Gov. Larry Hogan.

Rahn says the state still needs to see proposals from four teams vying for the project for the more cost-effective plan Hogan supports. Those are due in November. Rahn also says negotiations between officials in Montgomery and Prince George's counties to contribute more to the Purple Line have been fruitful.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers are scheduled to get a briefing on changes to the state's transportation program.

A joint hearing is set for Tuesday in Annapolis with members of the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee.

Last month, Gov. Larry Hogan announced plans to spend nearly $2 billion on roads and bridges.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republican Gov. Larry Hogan says the state will contribute $168 million to the planned Purple Line rail system in the Washington suburbs instead of nearly $700 million.
The governor says the counties of Montgomery and Prince George's will have to put up more money for the 16-mile light-rail project. The total cost is estimated at $2.45 billion.
Hogan gave a news conference Thursday afternoon to discuss transportation infrastructure.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has scheduled a news conference to discuss transportation infrastructure in Maryland.

The news conference is scheduled for Thursday afternoon in Annapolis. It will be the first public appearance by the governor since he announced Monday that he has been diagnosed with cancer.

The governor's office declined to comment on details about the announcement ahead of time.

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LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) - The Transportation Security Administration says a Pittsburgh man was arrested with a loaded handgun in his carry-on luggage at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

The arrest occurred on Wednesday. The TSA says officers found the .25-caliber gun as the man went through airport security. The TSA says the gun was loaded with six bullets. The man was planning to board a flight to Miami.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland will continue to give out free paper state road maps to residents and visitors this year.

A Maryland State Highway Administration representative told The Cumberland Times-News the state map includes the latest changes to Maryland's transportation system, tourist attractions, historical sites and county boundary lines. About 1,100 towns and destinations in the state are highlighted.

The map is also available online, though the organization says the paper maps remain popular.

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Delaware transportation officials say they would like to speed up several major road projects despite this year’s tight budget.

These include $5.6 million for an auxiliary lane along Delaware Route 1 easing the merging of traffic from northbound US Route 40 to Delaware Route 273.

The new Transportation Secretary Jennifer Cohan laid out their plans for state legislators yesterday afternoon.

Due to a lack of funds amounting to $600-million Cohan said that the department had to cut back on needed projects.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - The Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore says more people are using public transportation in the region.

The council's Shore Transit Division announced it saw a 6.8 percent increase over fiscal year 2013 in residents using its transportation services. For fiscal year 2014, the division says 453,111 passengers used its fleet of 42 buses, four vans and two cars as a means of public transportation. That's an increase of almost 20,000 passengers.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - President Barack Obama traveled to Wilmington on Thursday and announced a new program to attract more private money to help pay to build new roads, bridges and highways around the nation.

The new program is designed to encourage collaboration between state and local governments and private-sector investors, expand the market for public-private partnerships and make greater use of federal credit programs.

Obama argued that the U.S. is losing its competitive edge to other countries that spend freely on infrastructure upgrades.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Weekend motorists on state Route 1 in Delaware will be paying higher tolls starting on Aug. 1.

State transportation officials said Monday that the weekend tolls will increase starting at 7 p.m. that day. The current weekend toll of $2 for regular passenger vehicles will increase to $3.

Drivers of all other vehicle classes, except oversize loads, also will see weekend tolls increase by a dollar.

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Dover (AP) - Governor jack Markell is asking state lawmakers for $2 million to leverage federal funds aimed at boosting scientific research in Delaware.

In his State of the State address yesterday, Markell touted work being done at the University of Delaware's Science, Technology and Advanced Research, or STAR campus. 

To encourage more research efforts, Markell asked lawmakers to create a $2 million matching grant program that would leverage federal research dollars and help create jobs.

BALTIMORE (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is swearing in a new transportation secretary.

Jim Smith, the former Baltimore County executive, will be sworn in at a ceremony in Annapolis on Tuesday.

The position had been vacant since Beverley Swaim-Staley resigned a year ago.

The governor also will be swearing in Abby Hopper as the director of the Maryland Energy Administration. Hopper has been O'Malley's energy adviser since 2010. She

will continue in that role.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A legislative committee has agreed to give $8 million to Delaware's casinos as it wraps up work on a capital budget for the fiscal year starting July 1

The committee voted unanimously Thursday for a capital spending plan that is tens of millions of dollars higher than the $423 million plan proposed by Gov. Jack Markell in January.

ANNAPOLIS (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates is poised to vote on a measure to raise taxes on gasoline in the state for the first time in more than two decades.

The House is scheduled to vote on the bill Friday. A majority vote would send the legislation to the Senate.

The House has made some changes to the proposal made by Gov. Martin O’Malley earlier this month. The measure would still raise hundreds of millions of dollars annually, but more gradually than under the governor’s plan.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The House of Delegates is scheduled to take up a transportation funding measure.

The House is set to take up amendments on Wednesday to the bill, which would raise hundreds of millions of dollars annually in new revenue for roads, bridges and mass transit.

A House committee already has made changes to Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to phase in a sales tax on gasoline over a longer period of time.


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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is calling on lawmakers to take up the tough challenge of addressing transportation funding this session.

O'Malley is giving his seventh State of the State speech of his administration on Wednesday.

The Democratic governor also is touting investments in his budget to improve public education and build new schools. The governor's budget proposal includes $336 million for school construction.