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Facility planning officials say the construction of University Medical Center in New Orleans is on time and on budget.

Erin Krall

Only rubble remains of the old Palace Hotel in New Orleans. State officials say the implosion of the 17-story building next to I-10 went as scheduled.

State officials say they will send buses to the Iberville public housing development to move residents before Sunday's planned implosion of a former hotel near.

The Times-Picayune reports some residents worried that the implosion, planned for Sunday morning, would shower the development with dust.

Iberville's 400 households are not required to evacuate but "out of an abundance of caution," officials will move residents with respiratory issues from the complex Sunday morning, said Christina Stephens, spokeswoman for the state's Division of Administration.

Swedish developer Skanska and joint venture partner MAPP Construction, a Baton Rouge-based construction firm, have secured the second piece of the state contract for the new University Medical Center in New Orleans. Skanska said the second portion of the contract is for $130 million and Skanska's share is $118 million.