6 NC Counties To Foot Bill For Paving Mistake

Officials say highway construction spending for six eastern North Carolina counties will be cut by $12 million to pay for an 18-mile paving mistake on Interstate 795.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Saturday that work started this month to replace more than an inch of crumbling asphalt on I-795's outer lanes. Workers are also topping all four lanes with three inches of new pavement.

The tab will be repaid from future federal and state highway allocations for Edgecombe, Halifax, Johnston, Nash, Wilson and Wayne counties.

Department of Transportation chief operating officer Jim Trogdon used to oversee that area. The paper reports that DOT officials six years ago ignored warnings from Trogdon's staff that I-795 needed more asphalt.


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  • by Leroy on Nov 29, 2009 at 03:04 PM
    So jr your saying they did do a portion of the work HOW MUCH 2% or 98% get your facts straight.The other contractors Contracted the job threw BARNHILL.Barnhill told them what they thought they could get away with to make the job cheaper.It is not all Barnhills Fault though.Thier is a thing called STATE INSPECTORS.And so here we go with not sewing the state for money like BARNHILL has done so many times in the past few years but put it on people that dont have anything to do with it.IF BARNHILL CANT PROFIT OFF OF A STATE JOB THEY WILL SUE THE STATE AND THEN WE ALL PAY.Please, if I dont know what is actually going on Jr. and VICKIE why did not you say what was really going on.I and the TAX PAYERS WANT YOUR INSIGHT ON WHATS REALLY GOING ON.
  • by Leroy Location: MARTIN COUNTY on Nov 29, 2009 at 06:27 AM
    I CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHY MONEY IS BEING DIVERTED FROM COUNTIES THAT THE HIGHWAY DOESN' EVEN RUN THROUGH. THEY ARE BEING PUNISHED FOR SOMETHING THEY HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH.THE MONEY SHOULD COME OUT OF THE D.O.T. ENGINEERS SALARY AND RETIREMENT AND ANYBODY ELSE IN D.O.T. THAT WOULDN'T LISTEN WHEN TOLD THAT THE ROAD NEEDED THICKER ASPHALT
  • by To Jr. from Vickie on Nov 29, 2009 at 05:43 AM
    That's the majority of people that comment here. They don't have a clue about what they're talking about. They're just bitter because they were probably fired by the company they're bashing; which is why they post anonymous. They say negative things, and quote figures and percentages that they pull from their ignorant heads.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Nov 29, 2009 at 04:30 AM
    If I screwed up and cost my company even a small fraction of this cost I'd be unemployed. This should be investigated and those who caused this should be given their walking papers.
  • by Jeff Location: Ayden on Nov 29, 2009 at 04:29 AM
    Anonymous, Please know the process of road construction from beginning to end before attempting to shift blame away from it's rightful owners. Someone from NCDOT signed off on final inspection releasing the contracted company from liability. If this was not the case, the state could make the contractor repair any mistakes within the contracted warranty period. Looks like another state government snafu to me.
  • by jr Location: greenville on Nov 28, 2009 at 07:43 PM
    To Anonymous: Barnhill did not do but a small portion of the work. And in their defense, their reps argued that the amount of asphalt was not enough just as mr. trodgon's staff did. In fact, the other contractors they did the majority of the rest of the work argued the same fact. Before you go and blame someone, you better have your facts straight. Its a shame some people are so quick to blame others when they know nothing about what is actually going on.
  • by Buzz Location: MillCreek on Nov 28, 2009 at 07:28 PM
    To Anonymous on Nov 28, 2009 at 09:07 PM: that was a pityful post. Buzz-
  • by Anonymous on Nov 28, 2009 at 06:07 PM
    BARNHILL THEY are a JOKE.They probably had EVERYTHING TO DO WITH THIS!PITIFIL WORK AND PITIFUL SUPERVISERS and PITIful little college punks that thrive on pitifulizm!
  • by Driver on Nov 28, 2009 at 05:19 PM
    I hate that stretch of road anyway. Every time I've been on it, I see a dozen vehicles that look like drug runners, full of sketchy characters. I don't use that road anymore for that reason.
  • by mike Location: kinston on Nov 28, 2009 at 05:10 PM
    This what education do for you. They put people in position with no experience because they got a degree, you got people who can do the job, get left out. More problems like this in DOT.You got a big problem in Lenoir county.
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