Tardy construction crews face fines
BATON ROUGE- Contractors working on state funded road projects must meet an agreed upon deadline or face fines for tardy work.
The fines vary for each project, but in at least one case, the state fined a company more than $7 million for work on I-10 that went past the deadline for more than a year.
"If they're late on a project, they cannot bid on another project, they're considered disqualified, if they get caught up and they can get the bond for the next project, then they can bid again," said Rodney Mallett, the spokesperson for DOTD.
If a contractor gets fined, they can still get a job with the state, as long as they pay that fine.
"During their bidding, they should have a track record of when they completed things and when they didn't and let's not always go with the lowest bid, let's go with the guy that's gonna get the job done," said Shane Johnson, a driver who has to deal with construction delays.
On the other hand, if a contractor finishes work early it can get a bonus, but in the last 3 years, not one contractor has been able to work fast enough to qualify for the bonus.
Contractors can also get extra time for a project if it runs into unforeseen utility problems or serious weather delays.
DOTD hasn't updated it's standards for penalties since 1992, but said it is currently working to revise the fines.