More problems plague ATT bridge over I-40

The project has been plagued with problems, cost overruns, and a timeline that keeps getting delayed.
November 1, 2013 3:26:36 PM PDT
The ABC11 I-Team reports that there's been another hiccup for the long-awaited American Tobacco Trail bridge over Interstate 40 in Durham.

It's been plagued with problems, cost overruns, and a timeline that keeps getting delayed.

This latest issue raises concern for pedestrian safety. The fencing along the bridge as well as the paint on the fence is not up to standard.

That problem is holding up the opening of the bridge as city leaders, the design firm and the construction company wrangle over who will pay the $200,000 to $300,000 to make it right.

City leaders have promised Durham taxpayers won't foot the bill.

"We've been very cooperative," said Tasha Johnson with Durham Public Works. "Everybody's trying to work to the best solution and the safest solution for the department, for the public, the taxpayers and the users of the bridge."

Initially, the project was supposed to cost $7. 5 million but now the price tag exceeds $11 million.

The city, the design firm and the construction are expected to meet again in the near future.

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