NCDOT fines contractor $30K for failing to open Capital Blvd. on time

Wake County News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A Morrisville-based contractor faces a $30,000 fine after failing to clear their construction site on southbound Capital Boulevard on Monday morning, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

Work on southbound Capital Boulevard near Peace Street was supposed to be finished and cleared by 6 a.m. per terms of their contract — but it didn’t happen.

“Huge ripple effect. Very aggravating. People backed up, honking. Trying to get where they needed to go,” said Cherod Reid, who got stuck in traffic trying to get downtown.

The section of southbound Capital Boulevard at Peace Street was shut down for hours as construction equipment remained in the roadway, the NCDOT said. The unexpected closure resulted in massive backups and delays.

The road reopened around 9 a.m., according to the NCDOT. Homan said the company was doing work to repair a sanitary sewer line. The company did not complete that work, which Homan said will result in the road being closed again at some point. It’s not clear yet when that will happen.

Zachry Construction was fined $2,500 every 15 minutes the opening was delayed – totaling $30,000, NCDOT confirmed.

The money will be deducted from what Zachry will be paid for the project.

A separate construction project will result in lane closures beginning Monday night on the I-440 Beltline. NCDOT says beginning at 9 p.m., crews will close one westbound lane of the highway near the Melbourne Road overpass to demolish it. Crews will close all eastbound lanes from midnight to 5 a.m. That work will continue through Oct. 10. Next week, the crews will close all westbound lanes from midnight to 5 a.m. from Oct. 15-17.  

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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