State finds road contractor in default on Pasco I-75 interchange project

The surety bond company of D.A.B. Constructors will now have to find someone to finish the work.

By Barbara Behrendt Originally Published Jul. 7 in Tampa Bay Times.

WESLEY CHAPEL — The Florida Department of Transportation has run out of patience with road builder D.A.B. Constructors and has found the contractor in default for delays in the construction of the so-called diverging diamond interchange at Interstate 75 and State Road 56.

The default means that the contractor’s surety bond company will now have to find a new company to finish the work — with an unknown timeline.

Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore shared the information with fellow commissioners this week, pointing out that the news meant the completion would not come in time for the holiday season as had been hoped.

Last year, commissioners discussed their frustrations with the job after watching few workers and little progress for months and receiving a letter from local businesses who were complaining that no progress was taking place at the project.

The project is in Moore’s district, and he drives through the area regularly. He said the problems were unfortunate because the project will be good for the county. “Who pays the price is our citizens that pay their taxes and expect for these projects to be done in a timely manner,” he said.

D.A.B. was originally given 800 days to complete the job, and it was supposed to be done this summer. But rain days and other delays brought approval of more than 170 additional days for the contractor. Foster Bachschmidt, chief operating officer for the company, told the Tampa Bay Times after last year’s discussion that the job was unique but the company was committed to completing it.

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