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10/20/2017

Overnight closure of the Detroit-Windsor tunnel will begin today for a $17.6 million project to repair the ceiling. The project, which is being funded by toll revenue, will close the tunnel each night for 10 days, followed by intermittent closures until June.

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10/20/2017

Abertis has asked Atlantia to increase its takeover bid from $19.8 billion in the wake of ACS' Hochtief's bid of $22 billion. If Atlantia succeeds in its bid, it will have toll-road operations worldwide, but if Hochtief wins, the new company will be similar to Vinci SA, which both builds and operates roads.

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10/20/2017

The use of lightweight aggregate for internal curing in a new class of high-performance concrete called Eco-HPC results in a more durable product that can resist cracking, according to a Missouri Department of Transportation study. The study examined one type of Eco-HPC for pavement and another for bridge construction.

10/20/2017

More concrete producers and contractors are delving into building information modeling, Craig Yeack writes. He points to five important things to know about using BIM, including that it will improve the project and increase profits.

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10/20/2017

A $170 million expansion and renovation of the Pala Casino Spa Resort in California will create 400 construction jobs and add 200 employees. The project, which will include a remodeling of the existing tower and the addition of a 348-room hotel tower, is expected to be completed in 2019.

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10/20/2017

An amendment to prevent oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge failed on the US Senate floor. The bill is designed to raise revenue from lease sales, though many Democrats objected for environmental reasons.

10/19/2017

It can be difficult to train new workers in real construction environments, such as aerial work platforms, but virtual reality could be a solution. "When I came up in the trade, the boss handed me the keys and said, 'Don't die today,' " Finishing Trades Institute's John Burcaw said, adding that VR can better prepare workers by providing safety while simulating a work environment.

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10/19/2017

About 35% of Puerto Rico households don't have access to safe drinking water one month after Hurricane Maria, and 80% still have no power. Although nonprofits and US government agencies are providing aid, a public health crisis is emerging.

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10/19/2017

Highmark Health will invest about $1 billion to enhance Allegheny Health Network's cancer network and build a 160-bed hospital in Pine Township, Pa., along with four "neighborhood hospitals." Construction of the new hospital will begin in 2018 and finish in 2021.

10/19/2017

Developers of a proposed mixed-use project on a 20-acre site in downtown Dallas hope to attract a major technology company with new Class A office space. The project would be anchored by a 78-story tower and would also include residential, retail, hotel and open space.