GRAPEVINE — The contractor working on the $1 billion DFW Connector road project in Grapevine could be fined $8,300 or more for closing at least one lane of traffic during Tuesday morning rush hour, officials said.
NorthGate Constructors’ contract with the Texas Department of Transportation generally prohibits closing freeway lanes between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. — and requires most road work to be performed overnight. However, on Tuesday, at least one lane of southbound
NorthGate issued an apology to electronic alert subscribers on its website — www.dfwconnector.com — and explained that the 57-minute delay was for safety. “We needed to ensure that new striping on westbound SH 114/121 was both clear and visible for commuters,” the apology read.
The transportation department was evaluating whether to charge NorthGate up to $8,300 per hour for each lane remaining closed after 6 a.m., spokesman Tony Hartzel said. (In industry lingo, it's not a fine -- it's "liquidated damages.") The precise number of lanes closed after 6 a.m. was still being determined.
— Gordon Dickson.