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6/19/2018

The Senate is finalizing a fiscal year 2019 funding package for the Department of Homeland Security, and President Donald Trump is pressing leaders to include funding for the border wall between the US and Mexico. Appropriations Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said $1.6 billion for border barriers could be included.

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6/19/2018

Enjoy a gallery of 20 pictures submitted for ASCE's Bridges Photo Contest, then vote on which should win the Viewer's Choice Award. The winning photographer gets a cash prize and possible inclusion in the ASCE Bridges Calendar. View and vote at ascebridgephotos.org.

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6/19/2018

Society members can tap a free online reference hub loaded with definitive handbooks, guides, calculators, tutorial videos, and other useful content -- AccessEngineering, provided in response to demand for more technical information. Check it out with your member login, and add a shortcut to AccessEngineering.

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6/19/2018

The government of Spain plans to begin eliminating tolls as road contracts expire, says Minister of Public Works Jose Luis Abalos. Tolls are scheduled to be eliminated on the AP-1 between Burgos and Arminon starting Nov. 30.

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6/19/2018

Excitement about new concepts that Elon Musk's Boring Co., Uber, Google and Virgin are bringing the world of urban transportation is understandable, but innovation must be balanced with responsibility, write StateOf founders Ellis Talton and Remington Tonar. Regulators in the public sector must insist that private entities demonstrate financial and social viability, they write.

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6/19/2018

The North South Rail Link project in Boston will cost an estimated $12.3 billion, according to a recent study, and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has expressed no support for the project. The cost was based on construction starting in 2024 and lasting eight years.

6/19/2018

Construction has started on a convention center in Oklahoma City that will cost $288 million, including land acquisition. Work is expected to be completed in 2020.

6/19/2018

The Arizona State Transportation Board approved $134 million for an improvement project on State Route 189, a highway that is key to commerce. The Federal Highway Administration has OK'd an environmental assessment of the project, and work could begin within the next year.

6/19/2018

The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation is predicting 5% growth in the construction industry in 2018. Its report forecasts slightly less growth than in recent years and highlights industry trends such as technology and automation.

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Construction Dive
6/19/2018

Upgrades in building information modeling software have allowed information to flow more freely across project stakeholders, and the 2 million-square-foot Oceanwide Center project in San Francisco is a prime example. Architects, engineers and contractors use the software to discuss different scenarios, and changes can be made in real time.

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