The total fines will not be assessed until the project is completed, said Wayne Currie, the resident engineer in the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Wilmington office.
The contractor, VHP Enterprises, started work on the bridge on April 25, 2010. The original contract called for the project to be completed by Sept. 30, 2010. After the project ran over, officials said it would be completed in the spring of 2011, then later said it would be completed sometime in the fall of 2011, but the project is still dragging on uncompleted.
According to the contract, VHP Enterprises will be fined $1,000 for every day it is late.
The N.C. DOT has been withholding about $30,000 every month in pay to the contractors, Currie [Map this] said.
One reason the contractor is late is because it needs certain conditions to be optimal before painting. Currie has said the contractors need eight continuous hours of temperatures of at least 50 degrees for the paint to cure correctly.
It is unclear if the contractor will be fined for days late when conditions were not favorable enough to paint, Currie said. The total fine will be assessed at the end of the project, when VHP Enterprises will be paid for the work, minus the damages.
The contractor has suspended work on the bridge and will likely return in April 2012.
Date posted: January 5, 2012
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