I-40 Repair Project Cost Increases To Almost $22 Million

The cost of repairing a botched paving job along Interstate 40 in Durham County is expected to be almost 22 million dollars. That's more than three million dollars more than first predicted.

In November, department engineers said it would cost about 18-point-six million dollars to replace crumbling concrete along ten miles of I-40. The repairs are needed in both directions between U-S 15-501 in Chapel Hill and the Durham Freeway in Research Triangle Park.

The heavily traveled stretch had been paved during a widening project in 2003 and 2004. The concrete should have lasted 30 years but began crumbling shortly after the project was completed. An internal report found that the Transportation Department gave incorrect paving instructions to the contractor and didn't supervise the work closely.

D-O-T released two bids yesterday. They were a 21-point-seven million proposal from Lane Construction in Connecticut and a bid of eight million dollars more from S-T Wooten of Wilson.