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Two of Delaware’s universities along with a community college are asking for nearly $180 million in funding for new construction and maintenance projects.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Delaware State University is seeking $100 million for repairs that range from mechanical systems and campus roadways to existing buildings.

The paper also reports that the University of Delaware wants $66.5 million to fund a new building on its STAR campus.

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The access ramp on southbound Route 13 near the Centre at Salisbury will reopen on Monday.

It’s been closed since July forcing travelers to detour east of Naylor Mill Road exit in order to travel south on Route 13.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the closure was required to rehabilitate the bridge on the eastbound side of the bypass that crosses Route 13.

Meanwhile, there will be a temporary median crossover for work on the southbound bridges north of Route 50 near the Norfolk Southern Railroad overpass, Old Ocean City Road and Ocean Gateway.

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Construction of a $756 million parallel tunnel on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel broke ground yesterday.

There were dozens of dignitaries on hand to attend the ceremony for the Thimble Shoals project.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Chesapeake Grill restaurant and the Virginia Originals gift shop where the ceremony was held will disappear with the construction.

There is a toll increase to pay for the construction.

But officials stress that the construction cost will still be the lowest per mile compared to others projects on the East Coast.  

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This weekend the U.S. Route 13 South bound ramp to the Salisbury Bypass will be temporarily closed for around three months.

The Maryland State Highway Administration says that detour will add around five miles to travel time.

In addition, traffic signals will be temporarily put up at the ramps on Naylor Mill Road to ensure traffic flow and safety.

The construction is part of the 2 year, $24 million rehabilitation of 11 Salisbury Bypass bridges.

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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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Progress on Airport Road in Milford has been delayed until a second job can be completed.

Construction has closed Route 113 as crews make repairs including improving drainage and a fresh coat of asphalt.

WBOC reports that the project will need the city to dig up nearly 1.5 miles of road between Route 113 and Route 15 at a cost of $2.4 million.

This and other construction has pushed back the start date for Airport Road requiring additional detours and traffic backups.

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Talbot County will see Route 50 cut down to one lane in each direction in the coming weeks.

WBOC reports that the Maryland State Highway Administration will reduce the lanes between Backtown Road and Timberwind Lane in the town of Trappe.

If all goes well state officials expect to have that stretch of highway back to normal by March.

The work will involve installation of a new 42-inch 160-foot long concrete pipe.

It will replace an existing corrugated metal structure.

The pipe replacement itself will take around four weeks.

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Voters in the Brandywine School District will get yet another chance to vote on a referendum asking for tax increases.

It will essentially be the same as last time with $9 million for the school district’s operating budget and another $19.3 million for construction.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the referendum will not include the $5 million for athletic field turf.

In the last election the referendum lost by 163 votes.

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Referendums in the Christina and Cape Henlopen school districts got the thumbs up from voters yesterday for additional funding.

But in Brandywine school district another funding measure failed when presented to the voters.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Christina was asking for a 21 percent increase in funding for their operating budget while Brandywine wanted $9.5 million for its regular operating budget and $19 million for a construction project.

The Brandywine request was approved by just 145 votes out of over 13-thousand cast.

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