Contractor faces million dollar fine after sound wall project delay


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Several months of delays on the construction of a “sound wall” project to reduce traffic noise on U.S. 127 could cost the project’s main contractor nearly $1-million in fines.

The $6-million sound wall project started in March of 2016 after a noise abatement analysis found the sounds of cars driving on that stretch of roadway was too noisy.

But the project did not get off to a good start.

It was supposed to wrap up in October of 2016, but it was pushed back to December of last year which is almost a year and a half past the original completion date.

A spokesman for the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) tells 6 News that the delay was caused by a shortage in materials, including the large panels used to build the sound wall.

And no -the contractor of the project, “Toebe Construction” which is based out of Wixom, owes the state nearly a million dollars in fines.

MDOT says the contractor was fined $2,560 a day for every day the project was not completed.

That did not include holidays or weekends.

MDOT also says the situation is currently being handled through an insurance company along with an in-house mediator through MDOT.

Right now it’s unknown if the contractor has paid back any of the money to the state.

6 News reached out to “Toebe Construction” to find out if any fines have been paid and to get their side of the story but did not hear back.

We’ll continue to keep an eye on this story for you and let you know when there’s any new developments.

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