Pictured above: I-40 traffic backs-up near exit 150 Wednesday morning due to a lane drop for construction work – WSIC Photo
STATESVILLE (WSIC) – A contractor for the NCDOT will be fined $30,000 for not reopening two ramps and one lane of I-40 westbound in Statesville on-time Wednesday morning.
Contractually, overnight paving work is supposed to be complete by 6 am. A spokesperson for the NCDOT tells WSIC in an email that contractor Maymead, Inc. experienced production problems overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday when a supply plant broke-down. As a result, the contractor switched to a different supply location which ultimately led to the delays. The interstate and ramps were re-opened by approximately 8 am.
LANE DROP: What appears to be a lane drop related to construction work in west Statesville is causing back-ups near exit 150 on I-40 westbound. @WSICnews is checking with the @NCDOT_I40 for more info. pic.twitter.com/D6yQTgYHMZ
— Chris Hoke (@ChrisHokeWSIC) August 29, 2018
The fine is assessed at a rate of $2,500 per 15 minutes for the interstate and $2,500 per hour for the ramps resulting in a $30,000 fine for the two-hour period. According to the NCDOT, the contractor was previously fined $5,000 for a delay on this project.
The NCDOT has inspectors on job sites when work is performed and says this morning’s extended closures were necessary for public safety.