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I-77 contractors slapped with another penalty

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(Source: North Carolina Department of Transportation) (Source: North Carolina Department of Transportation)

On Thursday, the North Carolina Department of Transportation penalized  I-77 Mobility Partners nearly $415,000 for lane closures that violated the contract in May.

An overhead sign near mile marker 32 was hit by a contract hauler who was performing work on the project May 18, the NCDOT states. A left lane closure was then put in place around 3 a.m.

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When the NCDOT arrived on scene on May 18, crews began work and repaired the sign around 12:30 p.m. All of the lanes were then reopened by 1:15 p.m.

The lane closures caused massive traffic backups and delayed thousands of drivers for hours. According to the NCDOT, the lane closure is not a "Permitted Closure"  that is listed in the contract. Crews announced they will withhold liquidated damages in the amount of $412,500, which will then be calculated at the rate of $12,500 per 15-minute period of lane closure.

At the completion of the project, I-77 Mobility Partners will have a chance to argue for the money that was withheld. The company must prove the penalty was out of their control.

I-77 Mobility Partners was fined over $1 million dollars earlier in 2017 for lane closures on 277 and I-77 that were not permitted. 

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