NC Bridge Contractor Penalized $1.12M For Delays

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.


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  • by MAP Location: Downeast on Feb 6, 2011 at 07:53 PM
    They should have hired the same group that did the Pungo Creek bridge and the Pungo River bridge that is now under construction. There is a group of true professionals!!!!
  • by wook wa Location: wilson on Feb 6, 2011 at 05:14 PM
    Why waste taxpayers money on some wannabee engineering company and endanger the lives of everyone who uses the bridge ? Did these guys have anything to do with the seats at Dowdy-Ficklen ? Did some NC state legislator(s) have a hand in selecting this contractor and makin' a little advising/consulting kickback fee ? Maybe they ought to hire some real engineers to do the design job ? Maybe NC should have hired a real engineering company from Yankee land ?
  • by Not A Fan Location: Barnhole on Feb 6, 2011 at 04:09 PM
    No problem!Barnhill always knows how to get that money back from the tax payers.They do things the American way.SUE!By the way it always seems like somebody ALWAYS dies from their steadily Preaching safety with their no lunch,no breaks,get looked at funny if you take time to use the port-o-john,work 14 hour days with a three hour drive round trip back home hurry up on the job negligence.Some of their districts a nothing more than slave drivers.I and hundreds know this for a fact.Lived it,seen it to many years.
  • by voter Location: nc on Feb 6, 2011 at 04:00 PM
    the best crew i've seen in this area is Intercoastal Diving out of Wilmington NC. true professionals in every respect.
  • by James Location: New Bern on Feb 6, 2011 at 03:01 PM
    Now if we can just do this on a federal level. If a contractor bids for a job and can't complete the job for their bid price... yeah, sue them ! They don't deserve to be in business if they can't meet their obligations. If you negociated to purchase a car or house, then a few years down the road couldn't pay for it... what would happen ? The lien holder will TAKE IT BACK. Same needs to happen to these wasteful contractors both federal and state. Reward the ones that finish ahead of schedule and on budget.
  • by Bull Dooky on Feb 6, 2011 at 02:56 PM
    this is total BS. Barnhill is just slow and does not do their jobs very well. It is easy to blame others for their incompetence. They were building the bridge. They did not rig the girders correctly. They welded on rigging that one should never weld on and they killed people. Hey, Barnhill, pay the money and finish the darn bridge already. It took them forever to finish Fire Tower Road in Greenville. I am not surprised they are late. The bridge in Washington was finished 8 months early. It can be done, if you know how to run a project. Been there, done that, and finished early and on budget.
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