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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