ODOT fines contractor $100K after it once again triggers traffic nightmare on I-480

Construction crew causes delays for commuters in Cleveland Tuesday morning

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A five-mile backup left thousands of drivers stranded on I-480 Tuesday morning, and now, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is taking action.

The backup stemmed from a construction contractor, Karvo Companies, not moving their orange barrels off the highway in time for rush hour.

That’s right, it happened yet again.

Traffic backup causing real mess for commuters and the company responsible hit with a big fine

Karvo’s deadline to clear the barrels was 5 a.m.

19 News dropped by the company’s headquarters to ask why the roadway was not cleared on time, forcing thousands of people to sit in a virtual parking lot on I-480 near Warrensville Center Road. However, Karvo has not yet responded to our requests for comment.

ODOT fined the company $310 per lane, per minute for a total of $100,000 for failing to meet its obligations as agreed. ODOT also told the company to stop work for at least a couple of days, until it can submit a workable plan as to how it will remove its equipment on time.

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