Highway 11 safety project hits roadblock in Lenoir County

LENOIR COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – Another Eastern Carolina highway project has hit a roadblock.

Work on safety upgrades on three Highway 11 intersections in northern Lenoir County has stopped.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation says the project stalled due to contractor performance.

Work began in September and originally, Carolina Earth Movers of Greenville was supposed to finish the $920,146 project by November 15th.

But work stopped and contractors haven’t been on the site since before Christmas.

The DOT said penalties against the company are now adding up and it has scheduled a meeting with them to discuss a way forward.

The project now has an expected completion date of approximately two months, according to a DOT spokeswoman.

Yesterday, the DOT announced final work on a troubled bridge project in Chocowinity would begin today.