Contractor defaults on McDowell County I-40 bridge East of Asheville

MARION – Motorists traveling I-40 east of Asheville may have noticed work on a new bridge at Sugar Hill Road has stalled.

That’s because the contractor working on the $12.3 million bridge replacement in McDowell County has defaulted on its contract, according to a press release from the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

The NCDOT terminated its contract with National Bridge Builders LLC, of Kernersville, because of the “contractor’s failure to resolve payment issues, provide project milestones with a plan of action, and provide sufficient labor and equipment to complete the project,” the press release states.

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“Unfortunately we have run out of options with this contractor,” Mark Gibbs, division engineer with the DOT’s Division 13, based in Asheville, said in the release. “This is unfortunate for McDowell County residents and folks who drive through the construction zone. We will work with the bonding company and a future contractor to complete the project as quickly and efficiently as possible.”