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6/5/2020

A study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that only about one-third of human-caused crashes would be prevented through autonomous vehicle technology. Partners for Automated Vehicle Education disputed the study, which the group said uses an inaccurate assumption that autonomous vehicles can drive better than humans only because they have better perception and do not become distracted.

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6/5/2020

Single-lane patterns and two-way traffic will be in effect in the Allegheny Tunnel, in Pennsylvania's Somerset County, starting Monday and on several days through June 25, according to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. The lane closures will accommodate maintenance work on the tunnel.

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6/5/2020

New York has determined that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority can have direct access to the Federal Reserve's $500 billion Municipal Liquidity Facility program. The move gives the MTA an additional revenue source when it faces a potential $8.5 billion deficit as use of mass transit has decreased sharply during the coronavirus pandemic.

6/5/2020

Cemex has supplied approximately 250,000 cubic yards of ready-mixed concrete for the 21-mile Interstate 4 Ultimate Improvement Project in Central Florida. A total of 620,000 cubic yards of concrete will be used for the project, which began in 2016 and is scheduled for completion in 2021.

6/5/2020

CraneView, an internet-of-things-based crane-monitoring device from Versatile, identifies objects beneath the crane hook and logs the weight of the load. Turner Construction used the sensor system on a recent pilot project to increase productivity and reduce construction schedules.

6/5/2020

Sarah Buckley reviews the durability, maintenance, and cost of using concrete roof tiles. The tiles offer superior seismic and hail resistance but can be heavy and susceptible to weathering, Buckley writes.

6/4/2020

A bill to modify the Paycheck Protection Program is headed to the president's desk for signature. The bill would ease restrictions on use of PPP loans, including extending the usage period to 24 weeks from eight weeks.

6/4/2020

Construction has launched on a 265-room Caesars Republic luxury hotel in Scottsdale, Ariz. The nongambling hotel, a project of developer HCW and Caesars Entertainment, is expected to open in 2022.

6/4/2020

Wynn Resorts' Encore in Las Vegas has entered talks with The Boring Co. on extending a people mover tunnel to the Wynn and Resorts World area at the north end of the Strip. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority will learn more at a board meeting Tuesday, Wynn spokeswoman Deanna Pettit-Irestone says.

6/4/2020

April's 2.9% decline in construction spending might have obscured the encouraging fact that spending increased 7.1% in the first four months of 2020 compared with the same period in 2019, Wells Fargo senior economist Mark Vitner says. Easing of pandemic restrictions could boost spending in the single-family residential sector, where demand remains resilient, Vitner says.

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