State Threatens To Fine Road Contractor

Monday, October 1st 2007, 1:31 pm
By: News On 6

CUSHING, Okla. (AP) -- The state is threatening to fine a highway contractor $1,000 a day for delays in a project near Cushing that has been under construction for more than two years. The project on Oklahoma 33 east of Cushing was originally supposed to have been finished within 10 months.

Records show the state awarded a $4 million contract for the project to CP Integrated Services of Oklahoma City in 2004.

Transportation officials say the project was to regrade and resurface an eight-mile stretch of Oklahoma 33 between Cushing and Drumright.

Records show that work began in June 2005 and was supposed to take 284 days. However, more than 830 days have elapsed and the project is still incomplete.

The company's vice president, David Parker, says it is not at fault for the delays. He says the project was suspended for almost a year while utilities were relocated.