North Carolina transportation officials have penalized the Oak Island Bridge contractor $1.12 million for delays that have put the project more than a year behind schedule.
The StarNews of Wilmington reported that Barnhill Contracting Co. says the delays were caused by a fatal construction accident in 2008 and the subsequent investigation as well as cracked girders that had to be reordered.
Drew Johnson is vice president of Barnhill's heavy highway division. Johnson says Barnhill will forward any subcontractor requests for time extensions to the Transportation Department and will split the loss of funds with the subcontractors.
Work on the bridge began in August 2007 and was supposed to be completed by December 2009. Two lanes of the bridge were opened in November 2010 with all four lanes opening last month.