A construction company that stopped working on a project to improve Independence Boulevard in Charlotte says it stopped working on the project because the North Carolina Department of Transportation owes the company money.
“We are a second generation, family owned construction company and are proud of our work," said a representative of DeVere Construction Co. Inc. "The decision to demobilize was not easy one, but there is a limit to our patience. The NCDOT claim process is broken. I fully anticipate DeVere Construction will prevail and recover the monies properly due and owing by the NCDOT. "
NCDOT made the following statement on the financial dispute DeVere alleges.
"Our focus is on completion of all projects in a timely, satisfactory manner and reducing the impact to the traveling public. We hold a contractor like DeVere Construction responsible for helping us achieve that goal by doing the required work under the schedule specified in its contract with the department. And there can be financial consequences if the company fails to meet its contracted obligations. In 2014, DeVere Construction was barred from bidding on any future NCDOT projects in an effort to allow the company to focus on and complete its current projects."
The $50 million project began April 2013. NCDOT says it's barred DeVere from bidding on future state contracts until it completes projects, including Independence Boulevard, that they're currently working on.