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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Same Contractor That Caused Traffic Gridlock Two Weeks Ago Responsible for This Morning's Backups

Posted By on Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 9:21 AM

Two weeks ago, an overnight construction crew didn't finish work on the Inner Belt bridge before morning rush hour, causing a snaggling backup that touched every major highway running into downtown, as well as just about every side street as frenzied and stressed commuters sought alternate routes.

That same crew — the Burton Scot contracting company — was again responsible for this morning's fierce traffic backups after, yes, once again failing to finish work before morning rush hour, leaving the Inner Belt down to one lane between East 9th and Dead Man's Curve.

ODOT this morning issued a statement, leaving no doubt where the blame lies:

Burton Scot of Newbury, Ohio - the contractor performing the resurfacing work on I-90 east this morning - once again did not abide by their contract requirement to have all lanes open before 6 a.m. We understand the severe impact of their actions. ODOT will continue to address this with the contractor, which includes documentation of incidents on the contractor's evaluation and fines for not following contract requirements. Contractor evaluations are provided at the conclusion of each ODOT project. Burton Scot's actions will adversely impact their rating and will determine future work with the state.

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