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Chao: Trump wants to stop funding for $13B Hudson River tunnel project | Chesapeake Virginia Dump Truck, Aggregate, Excavation Company

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  • Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao said in testimony before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee this week that President Donald Trump has taken action to scuttle the $13 billion Hudson River tunnel project and asked House Speaker Paul Ryan to block funding for it, according to the Associated Press.

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Report: Seattle building boom could be over | Chesapeake Virginia Dump Truck, Aggregate, Excavation Company

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  • The Downtown Seattle Association has reported that there are 23% fewer active construction projects in the city's central district than there were six months ago, a decline from 74 projects to 57 that marks the sharpest downturn since the association began keeping such records in 2005, according to The Seattle Times.

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California awards HOV engineering and design contract, part of up to $2B project | Chesapeake Virginia Dump Truck, Aggregate, Excavation Company

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  • The Ventura County Transportation Commission has awarded WSP an engineering design and environmental consulting services contract worth up to $15.2 million as a precursor to a $750 million to $2 billion project that would see the addition of high-occupancy vehicle lanes on Highway 101 through the California cities of Thousand Oaks and Ventura, according to the Ventura County Star.

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California awards WSP HOV engineering-design contract, part of up to $2B project | Chesapeake Virginia Dump Truck, Aggregate, Excavation Company

Columbus Ohio Dump Truck Company Brief:

  • The Ventura County Transportation Commission has awarded WSP an engineering design and environmental consulting services contract worth up to $15.2 million as a precursor to a $750 million to $2 billion project that would see the addition of high-occupancy vehicle lanes on Highway 101 through the California cities of Thousand Oaks and Ventura, according to the Ventura County Star.

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California awards WSP HOV engineering-design contract, part of a potential $2B project | Chesapeake Virginia Dump Truck, Aggregate, Excavation Company

Columbus Ohio Dump Truck Company Brief:

  • The Ventura County Transportation Commission has awarded WSP an engineering design and environmental consulting services contract worth up to $15.2 million as a precursor to a $750 million to $2 billion project that would see the addition of high-occupancy vehicle lanes on Highway 101 through the California cities of Thousand Oaks and Ventura, according to the Ventura County Star.

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Equipment dealer webinars to address Google search rankings, marketing, advertising | Aggregate, Excavation, Dump Truck Company

The Equipment Dealers Association (EDA) and digital marketing firm Team SI will soon offer EDA members three free webinars on digital marketing and storytelling topics.

Here are the offerings:

  • March 27, 2018: The Basics of SEO and Directories
  • May 29, 2018: Content Marketing 101: Tell Your Story
  • July 24, 2018: Programmatic Advertising and Why it Matters

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Business Roundup: Cat to close Waco plant; Construction execs predict ‘best year ever’; Herc Rentals revenue up 16%; Kubota adds Mo.’s Farm Shop; Yancey Bros. to carry Thunder Creek; AEM names Kubota’s Stucke treasurer | Aggregate, Excavation, Dump Truck

Kubota’s Stucke elected 2018 treasurer for AEM

Todd Stucke, senior vice president of marketing, product support, and strategic projects for Kubota Tractor Corporation, has been elected 2018 Treasurer of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).

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CTDOT says ‘strategic widening’ of I-95 will reduce congestion, boost economy | Aggregate, Excavation, Dump Truck Company

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A new Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) study, I-95 Strategies to Reduce Congestion, finds that, rather than taking private property to widen all of Interstate 95 to relieve congestion, the same results can be obtained with “limited, directional, and strategic widening” of portions of the interstate already held by CTDOT, the CT Mirror reports.

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New Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel tube will create a mountain of contaminated soil



To bore the new tube of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, enough muck will be extracted to fill about 50,000 dump trucks – muck that recent tests confirmed will be contaminated by the boring process and must be disposed of in a protected landfill.

In a region familiar with underwater traffic tunnels, it’s an unfamiliar wrinkle.

The CBBT’s latest tunnel – a $756 million, mile-long parallel tube under the southern shipping channel – will be the first in Virginia built by a boring machine, worming its way through the bay bottom.

All other tunnels in the area – a total of 10 tubes – are trench-style. Muck was scooped out the old-fashioned way, bucket by bucket, leaving most of it “clean” enough to be dumped offshore.

But the boring method being used at the CBBT requires the use of additives: foams and other substances common to the oil-drilling industry. They lubricate the cutter head and help sediments – called “spoils” – flow more easily from the hole.

Those additives are petroleum-based, leaving the spoils tainted with contaminants considered hazardous to health.

Known as TPH, for Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons, they’re measured in milligrams per kilogram of soil. Environmental protection regulations kick in when TPH hits 50-plus milligrams.

The CBBT samples – a mix of native ground and boring additives – tested at 75 milligrams of TPH, which is barely over the threshold. In heavily polluted sites, rates can climb into the 10,000 range.

But it’s high enough to make the CBBT spoils ineligible for the usual dumping site 17 miles offshore.

Also off the table now: a borrow pit on the lower Eastern Shore, a site that was previously considered.

In a regular borrow pit, TPH could seep into groundwater, explained Bert Parolari, a water protection program manager at the Tidewater office of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

“Petroleum-contaminated soils must go to a landfill equipped with a liner and a leachate collection system,” he said.

Boring does have advantages for the CBBT: Fewer interruptions to shipping in the channel, less risk of damaging the existing tube nearby. Bored tunnels are the norm in Europe and Asia.

One disadvantage is the mountain of contaminated spoils it can create. Jeff Holland, executive director of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel Commission, said they knew “there was that potential.”

When commissioners put the project out for bid, they were willing to go either way – bore or trench – as long as the design satisfied their 2,300 pages of specifications.

All three of the lowest-price bids turned out to be bore. The commission chose the lowest of those, from Chesapeake Tunnel Joint Venture – a partnership of engineering and heavy construction companies that have done similar projects around the world.

A German outfit is building the boring machine. It’ll be as long as a football field and have a rotating cutter head that’s 42 feet in diameter, capable of chewing through 50 feet of sediment a day. TPH-containing additives will be used to reduce friction, help the machine maintain proper pressure and turn the muck into a slurry that can be carried out by conveyor.

The test results and their ramifications have been “expected from the beginning,” Andres Gonzalez, a project executive with the builder, wrote to The Pilot in an email. He said it doesn’t take much TPH to condemn soil to a landfill, comparing the threshold to “placing a drop of liquid into an Olympic swimming pool.”

In the old days, this wouldn’t have been an issue. The first tube in the region – the Downtown Tunnel – opened in 1952. The CBBT opened in 1964.

“The overall regulatory approval process virtually did not exist,” Holland said.

To satisfy today’s checklist of studies and permits, Holland says the CBBT spent about $8 million. A host of protection acts calls for monitoring of all sorts of possible impacts: construction noise on migrating whales, work lights on nesting sea turtles, sediment drift on neighboring mussels.

Testing spoils is a regular part of the process. Typically, though, any toxins encountered were already there.

That’s called “historical contamination,” said Joe Rieger. He’s deputy director of restoration with the Elizabeth River Project, a group focused on healing what was once one of the most polluted rivers in the East.

No one was surprised when TPH and other toxins turned up in Elizabeth River spoils during construction of the newest tube of the Midtown Tunnel, which opened in 2016. Before regulations existed, industries along the banks routinely dumped waste into the water.

The real surprise, Rieger said, was how much Midtown muck actually did pass muster. Of the 1.5 million cubic yards extracted, only 10 percent had to go to a landfill; 90 percent got the thumbs-up for ocean disposal.

“All the efforts we’ve put forth are paying off,” Rieger said. “We were really glad to see that.”

Chris Moore, a senior scientist with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, says it’s not unusual to find historical contamination hidden under healthy layers of sediment.

But he wouldn’t expect to find any contamination at all where the new CBBT tube is going. Strong currents surging in and out of the bay flush the mouth with ocean water.

“There’s tremendous movement through there,” he said. “My guess is that’s true virgin territory.”

The search is on for a suitable landfill large enough to store the spoils. It’s impossible to say how long it’ll take for the TPH to break down or how harmful it truly is.

Mike Unger, an associate professor at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, said the TPH label is simply too vague – a catch-all for a family of contaminants that come from crude oil.

To figure out the fate or toxicity of this particular TPH, Unger said, “you’d need a specific chemical analysis.”

Even then, many TPH compounds have barely been studied. The most dangerous – like benzene – have been linked to cancers, central nervous system problems and death. The most benign – like some mineral oils – are safe enough to put in food.

According to CBBT’s builder, hauling spoils to a landfill won’t delay progress on the tube. Gonzalez said the expense was anticipated and factored into the price tag of the five-year project.

No taxpayer money is being used for the tunnel. Tolls, bonds and loans will cover the cost.

The boring machine is scheduled for delivery in October. Arriving in sections, it will weigh 5.5 million pounds when assembled.

In the meantime, preparations are under way on the man-made islands. A launch pit is being dug to lower the machine so it can start eating its way under the Thimble Shoal channel, installing concrete rings in the tunnel as it goes. Crews of 20-25 people will man a control room inside the machine. Operations will go on around the clock.

One year after boring begins, the machine is expected to surface on the other side.

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Diadon’s Ray Hamad hanging out with WWE Superstar, MMA fighter, Olympic Medalist and Actor RONDA ROUSEY - during the Arnold Classic and Sports Festival.

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Former MTA construction manager fined, sentenced to prison on bribery charges | Chesapeake Virginia Dump Truck, Aggregate, Excavation Company

Columbus Ohio Dump Truck Company Brief:

  • A former Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) construction project administrator has been ordered to pay a fine of $20,000 and serve a sentenced of 46 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, after pleading guilty to asking for and receiving bribes from MTA contractors, according to the U.S.

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State officials target Turner, Bloomberg executives as part of $100M construction fraud investigation | Chesapeake Virginia Dump Truck, Aggregate, Excavation Company

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  • As part of a state police and Manhattan District Attorney's Office investigation into potential pay-to-play schemes in the interior construction industry totaling $100 million, The New York Times reported that Bloomberg and Turner Construction offices in New York City, as well as those of other contractors, have been raided and executives who participated in bribery, bid-rigging and other fraud have been fired.

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State targets Turner, Bloomberg execs as part of $100M construction fraud probe | Chesapeake Virginia Dump Truck, Aggregate, Excavation Company

Columbus Ohio Dump Truck Company Brief:

  • As part of a state police and Manhattan District Attorney's Office investigation into potential pay-to-play schemes in the interior construction industry totaling $100 million, The New York Times reported that Bloomberg and Turner Construction offices in New York City, as well as those of other contractors, have been raided and executives who participated in bribery, bid-rigging and other fraud have been fired.

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California DA: Contractors failed to pay $200K in prevailing wages, state taxes | Chesapeake Virginia Dump Truck, Aggregate, Excavation Company

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  • The Orange County (California) District Attorney's Office has charged a group of columbus oh excavation company that performed columbus oh dump truck company on the Pacific Amphitheater at the Orange County Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa between 2013 and 2015 with underpaying workers and failure to pay state taxes, an amount totaling $200,000, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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St. Jude building Memphis research facility, part of $1B hospital expansion | Chesapeake Virginia Dump Truck, Aggregate, Excavation Company

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  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has announced it will build a $412 million research center in downtown Memphis, one of the largest projects in the city's history and part of the hospital's $1 billion expansion plans for its downtown Memphis campus, according to the Commercial Appeal.

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Employees think AI can improve jobs, but worry the technology will replace them | Chesapeake Virginia Dump Truck, Aggregate, Excavation Company

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  • Four in five employees think artificial intelligence (AI) will make columbus oh dump truck company more empowering and engaging, but think employers' silence on the topic is creating fear and concern, a new survey by The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated reveals.

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Report: Trump supports 25-cent federal gas tax increase to help fund $1.5 trillion infrastructure program | Chesapeake Virginia Dump Truck, Aggregate, Excavation Company

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  • President Donald Trump reportedly told a group of Republican and Democratic lawmakers in a meeting at the White House last week that he would support a 25-cent-per-gallon increase to the federal gas and diesel taxes to help pay for his $1.5 trillion infrastructure program, according to Bloomberg.

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Who’s the country’s best equipment tech? AEMP names finalists in annual competition | Aggregate, Excavation, Dump Truck Company

The Association of Equipment Management Professionals announced on Thursday the finalists in its Technician of the Year contest. They include:

James Blake, Kiewit Infrastructure, New York City

A third-generation charlotte nc MBE DBE company technician, Blake served as a first responder at the World Trade Center after 9/11.

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Long Island Expwy/Grand Central Pkwy interchange set to open ahead of schedule | Aggregate, Excavation, Dump Truck Company

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The $58 million reconstruction project on the three bridges at the Long Island Expressway/Grand Central Parkway Interchange and improvement work at the Long Island Expressway (LIE) between the Grand Central Parkway and College Point Boulevard is expected to be completed in the spring of 2018, nine months ahead of schedule, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this week, according to QNS.

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ENGS Commercial Finance launches electronic signature for construction division | Aggregate, Excavation, Dump Truck Company

ENGS Commercial Finance has added secure electronic signature (E-signature) documentation capabilities to its construction division, following similar implementations in the company’s transportation and industrial divisions. ENGS says the E-signature capabilities will provide “a fast and efficient way to complete the documentation process.

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Ditch Witch unveils easier, faster online parts lookup | Aggregate, Excavation, Dump Truck Company

Ditch Witch has made it easier for its customers to find parts.

The charlotte nc aggregate supply company has released an advanced version of its Ditch Witch Parts Lookup to help customers increase efficiency and reduce downtime by not only finding the service parts they need along with detailed information, but also giving them a direct communication line to dealerships to obtain the part.

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Turner Construction files $12.5M lawsuit against Seattle area Sound Transit | Chesapeake Virginia Dump Truck, Aggregate, Excavation Company

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President Trump unveils details of $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill | Chesapeake Virginia Dump Truck, Aggregate, Excavation Company

Columbus Ohio Dump Truck Company Brief:

  • President Donald Trump today unveiled details of his infrastructure bill, in which he requests that Congress stimulate at least $1.5 trillion in new infrastructure investment throughout the next decade, shorten the process for approving projects to two years or less, address unmet rural infrastructure needs, empower state and local authorities and train the American workforce.

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President Trump outlines $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill | Chesapeake Virginia Dump Truck, Aggregate, Excavation Company

Columbus Ohio Dump Truck Company Brief:

  • President Donald Trump today unveiled details of his infrastructure bill, in which he requests that Congress stimulate at least $1.5 trillion in new infrastructure investment throughout the next decade, shorten the process for approving projects to two years or less, address unmet rural infrastructure needs, empower state and local authorities and train the American workforce.

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Seattle area starts $6.7B light rail and tunnel projects | Chesapeake Virginia Dump Truck, Aggregate, Excavation Company

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Can Trump gain support for streamlining infrastructure permitting process? | Chesapeake Virginia Dump Truck, Aggregate, Excavation Company

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  • Many federal agencies have made moves to streamline their permitting processes, but doubt still remains as to whether President Donald Trump can get the cooperation he needs from Congress to shrink the maximum infrastructure project permitting time to one to two years, according to Bloomberg BNA.

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Fluor JV wins LAX people mover contract | Chesapeake Virginia Dump Truck, Aggregate, Excavation Company

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  • Fluor Corporation announced last week that its LAX Integrated Express Solutions (LINXS) joint venture has been selected by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) to design-build, finance, operate and maintain the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) automated people mover (APM), according to a statement from Fluor.

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Trump plan to streamline permitting process no slam dunk | Chesapeake Virginia Dump Truck, Aggregate, Excavation Company

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  • Many federal agencies have made moves to streamline their permitting processes, but doubt still remains as to whether President Donald Trump can get the cooperation he needs from Congress to shrink the maximum infrastructure project permitting time to one to two years, according to Bloomberg BNA.

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Developers plan $2.5B conversion of Brooklyn Navy Yard into tech center | Chesapeake Virginia Dump Truck, Aggregate, Excavation Company

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  • The nonprofit development columbus oh aggregate supply company tasked with managing the New York City-owned Brooklyn Navy Yard is planning a $2.5 billion, 5.1-million-square-foot expansion that it says will transform the historic shipyard into a creative manufacturing and high-tech hub, according to Bloomberg.

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Subcontractor files lawsuit for $1M nonpayment for Omaha cemetery work | Chesapeake Virginia Dump Truck, Aggregate, Excavation Company

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  • An Iowa masonry contractor that performed $3.2 million of columbus oh dump truck company at Omaha National Cemetery in Nebraska is suing the general contractor and insurance columbus oh aggregate supply company for approximately $1.25 million, plus interest, in allegedly unpaid bills, the Lincoln Journal Star reported.

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ABC, industry groups ask Trump to axe federal PLAs | Chesapeake Virginia Dump Truck, Aggregate, Excavation Company

Columbus Ohio Dump Truck Company Brief:

  • The Associated Builders and Contractors, in association with other construction industry groups, penned a letter to President Donald Trump asking him to rescind an Obama-era executive order that encourages federal agencies to use project labor agreements (PLA) on any federal or federally assisted project of $25 million or more.

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ABC, industry groups ask Trump to axe federal PLA mandate | Chesapeake Virginia Dump Truck, Aggregate, Excavation Company

Columbus Ohio Dump Truck Company Brief:

  • The Associated Builders and Contractors, in association with other construction industry groups, penned a letter to President Donald Trump asking him to rescind an Obama-era executive order that encourages federal agencies to use project labor agreements (PLA) on any federal or federally assisted project of $25 million or more.

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Caltrans stops work on $25M bridge project after detecting lateral movement | Chesapeake Virginia Dump Truck, Aggregate, Excavation Company

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  • The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has stopped columbus oh dump truck company on a $25 million Interstate 5 bridge replacement project near Redding because surveyors have detected a 1.5-inch lateral shift in the arches supporting the new structure, according to the Record Searchlight.

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When ICE requests worksite access, CA employers must now demand a warrant | Chesapeake Virginia Dump Truck, Aggregate, Excavation Company

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  • On Jan. 1, a California law took effect that prohibits employers from providing "voluntary consent" to a federal immigration enforcement agent's request to enter nonpublic columbus oh dump truck company areas — and California's attorney general recently said he will indeed "prosecute those who violate the law," the Sacramento Bee reports.

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What VA's and OR's new licensing laws mean for contractors | Chesapeake Virginia Dump Truck, Aggregate, Excavation Company

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  • Virginia and Oregon lawmakers last year adopted new rules around construction contractor bonds, according to Builder.
  • Class A and B columbus oh excavation company in Virginia are now able to provide a $50,000 licensing bond rather than demonstrating a minimum net worth of $45,000 and $15,000, respectively, as part of the license application process.

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VA hospital in CO nears completion, more than $1B over budget | Chesapeake Virginia Dump Truck, Aggregate, Excavation Company

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  • The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) beleaguered now-$2 billion Rocky Mountain Regional Medical Center hospital project in Aurora, CO, is nearing completion, but the agency is facing more than $1 billion in cost overruns and a facility that will not offer as many services as its predecessor, according to Federal News Radio.

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