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D.A.B. Constructors, Inc. workers repave East McKinley Street in Citrus Hills Friday, June 11, as part of a road-repaving project across Citrus County. 

State transportation officials say an Inglis road builder defaulted on a contract for an interstate interchange project in Pasco County.

D.A.B. Constructors Inc., which also has the Citrus County neighborhood road-resurfacing contract, defaulted on a Florida Department of Transportation contract for missing deadlines and construction milestones for an Interstate 75 project at State Road 56 in Wesley Chapel, an FDOT spokeswoman said.

FDOT officials said the project was behind schedule and raised those concerns to D.A.B. in November 2020. The result was the state setting a series of deadlines for the company to meet; on June 25, D.A.B. notified the state it was demobilizing from the project, FDOT spokeswoman Kristin Carson said. 

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FDOT has raised similar concerns about work delays for D.A.B. road-widening projects on U.S. 19. The state is considering liquidated damages for D.A.B. for the Homosassa project that is more than a year past due, and set milestones for D.A.B. to ensure the widening between Jump Court in Homosassa and Fort Island Trail in Crystal River finishes on time.

Updates on those projects from state officials were unavailable Friday.

D.A.B. also has a $3.4 million contract to resurface Citrus County neighborhood roads. The company in May sought a delay due to a shortage in labor and materials. The county commission agreed to extend the contract deadline to September; as of Friday, D.A.B. had completed 43% of the work and is on pace to finish by the new deadline, Public Works Director Randall Olney said.

Contact Chronicle reporter Mike Wright at 352-563-3228 or mwright@chronicleonline.com. To view more of his stories, go to www.tinyurl.com/y3bakm6w.

(4) comments

MichaelRicard

Considering how easy it is to build / expand road surfaces in FL, because there is no frost line to contend with, DAB should have finished 19 some time ago. Appears to me the State is lacking in their contract clauses, penalties for missed deadlines. This is what you get when the State and County keep putting all their eggs in the same basket, tis a shame.

AllLivesMatter

DAB Constructions makes political donations to nearly every County Commission candidate. They will wiggle their way through this and the Citrus County taxpayers will be on the hook once again.

Madhatter

I would have some understanding IF the roads they work on were smooth. US19 in Homosassa is not smooth at all. I don't think the tax payers are getting what we are paying for.

BILLWATKINS

whats the hurry?

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