Highway 17 Project Misses Fifth Completion Deadline

A much delayed highway project in Eastern Carolina has missed yet another deadline.

The DOT had expected the Highway 17 expansion project in Beaufort County to be completed Monday, but this morning orange barrels still lined the four mile stretch of highway south of Chocowinity.

This is the fifth completion deadline that contractors have missed for the overdue project. The last one was July 4th.

But a worker at the site this afternoon said they should finish striping the lines on the new highway today, and then he says it will be up to the DOT to "sign off" on the work.

Construction began in February 2008 and was supposed to be completed September 1st of last year. Roberson Contracting has been fined $1,500 a day since April because of the slow going.

The $12.8 million project is now more than 21% over budget. The DOT has said foreseen problems and weather delays first pushed the completion date to December 15th, and then to the end of May. No word why the latest deadline was missed.

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  • by Jay Location: Windsor on Aug 4, 2011 at 06:30 PM
    Just because you are wealthy doesn't mean you can run a good company. There are plenty of people that inherited companies and run them horribly. Some people still bribe, collude, or pay people under the table to get bids in this state. The attorney general does not do a good enough job policing this fact.
  • by MLL Location: sandhills on Aug 3, 2011 at 02:09 PM
    U mininum wage guys are just jealous you cannt afford a million dollar house.. Roberson is far from bankrupt...DOT was huge in delayn this project..Roberson is a very fine man....Be careful how you throw stones.. God may never bless you to move out of your ragged singlewide...
  • by James Location: Washington on Aug 3, 2011 at 12:26 PM
    Please, just move the orange barrels so we can use all 4 lanes! Sick of the barrels and I am going to start going between them to pass. Like it or not. At least the lines have been painted, finally, now move the *%@#in barrels!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 3, 2011 at 03:01 AM
    it said in the broadcast last night that the contract was due sept 1 2010. So far thats 335 days behind schedule. 335 days x 1500 isn't that close to $500,000?
  • by Anonymous on Aug 3, 2011 at 02:58 AM
    Look at it this way a bridge was built in washington faster then Roberson took to build that road. I believe the road has less miles to it.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 3, 2011 at 02:55 AM
    Here is a man that builds a multi million dollar house next to a swamp / on top of a swamp. Housing is all about location location location. Believe he has a never ending pool that looks into the swamp. Good idea
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      by MLL on Aug 3, 2011 at 02:12 PM in reply to
      Since you are an expert on real estate I wonder if you know how to value a property using the capitalization rate.... Let me hear u ???
  • by IN THE KNOW on Aug 2, 2011 at 09:48 PM
    Roberson has to either find someone to buy his badly troubled business or auctin off. One contractor out of Va. was thinking of buying it but changed his mind. Remains to be seen what will happen.
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      by MLL on Aug 3, 2011 at 02:20 PM in reply to IN THE KNOW
      U in the know all right.... U dont know your tail from third base.... Maybe u can afford to buy a barbeque sandwich if they have an auction on that day...
  • by Ryan on Aug 2, 2011 at 09:28 PM
    The state should not pay for ANY of the work that has been done, or hasn't. Hopefully this company wasn't paid up front, or by the month. Government contracts should be paid at time of completion, in full. If the contractor goes over budget or time, oops, sorry (unless it's due to extenuating circumstances) you aren't getting paid.
  • by MIKE Location: MARTIN COUNTY on Aug 2, 2011 at 07:54 PM
    Did anybody expect him to really be finished. HE IS BANKRUPT to the point of no return. HE doesn't care.
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      by Terry on Aug 3, 2011 at 11:05 AM in reply to MIKE
      Couldn't have said it better.
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        by MLL on Aug 3, 2011 at 02:13 PM in reply to Terry
        Bankrupt hell... He knows more about real estate than you doing about getting your GED....
  • by Anonymous on Aug 2, 2011 at 07:30 PM
    The only way for the legislators to be thrown out is for the electorate to do it...and guess what,whenn election time rolls around,people will vote for the SAME OLD POLITICIANS EVERY TIME!! I've been in politics long enough to know that these same old ones steal you blind with a smile on their face and somehow they still get re-elected...The only ones we have to blame are ourselves for putting them back in...And politicians count on this stupidity as they sit back & count our taxpayer money going in their pockets....Go figure....Until taxpayers get tired of lining politicians pockets & stage a revolt,nothing will change...count on it.

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