A 4-mile stretch of Highway 17 in Beaufort county that's been under construction more than 3 years was expected to open Friday, but drivers reported the road was not open and orange barrels and blockades were still up as of 6:30 p.m. Friday.
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 long-delayed Highway 17 expansion in southern Beaufort County is expected to open Friday.
The 4-mile long project was originally scheduled to be completed nearly a year ago, but it's missed five different projections to open since September 1st.
The four-lane project, which begins just north of Highway 102, will tie into the existing Washington bypass.
The $12.8-million cost includes some 21% in cost overruns.
The NC DOT says it's been fining the contractor $1,500 a day since April.