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Maryland transportation officials presented 15 preliminary options for expanding the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270, such as one that widens the highways, adds toll lanes and could cost about $9 billion. The state is considering a public-private partnership.
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A team involving state and city officials is evaluating widening Lake Shore Drive in Chicago or converting an existing lane for use by buses and drivers paying tolls. The project could cost between $2 billion and $3 billion.
Rhode Island billed $625,000 to almost 190,000 vehicles during the first month of tolling semitrucks on Interstate 95. The amount tolled exceeded initial estimates by $27,000.
A joint venture has nearly completed a $1.6 billion reconstruction of Interstate 35W, which transportation officials had deemed one of the most congested roads in Texas. The work includes frontage roads, bypass lanes and two toll lanes in each direction, and the road is now open to traffic.
A standing-room only crowd viewed a developer's plans for a $5 billion mixed-use development along the Chicago River. It would include office, residential, hotel and retail space, as well as a soccer stadium and park areas, and construction is estimated to create 2,500 construction jobs annually during the first decade of work.
Signs continue to point toward a positive construction economy as the Architecture Billings Index increased for the ninth consecutive month. "Architects continue to see increases in demand for their services this summer, with new project work coming in at a healthy pace," said Kermit Baker, the American Institute of Architects' chief economist.
By the end of the year, 120 construction-technology startups are expected to receive funding, and the segment is receiving more investment than overall tech startups in the US, according to a report by Jones Lang LaSalle. "It's no mere accident that this uptick in [construction technology] investing coincides with an industry plagued by cost fluctuations, labor shortage issues and overall lack of productivity improvements -- creating what many venture capitalists view as a prime opportunity for disruption," the report says.
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