By SEANNA ADCOX
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The state Department of Transportation has fined a contractor $2.8 million for delays on an Interstate 26 widening project already eight months behind schedule.
The fines continue at $10,000 a day.
The agency said Friday work has progressed since the company contracted for the 10-mile project reorganized in June to replace Boggs Paving.
Scheduled for completion last November, the project should wrap up in September.
The agency's explanation comes a day after Senate Minority Leader Nikki Setzler demanded answers for the delay.
Anderson Columbia and Boggs Paving were jointly awarded a $75 million contract in 2013. A year later, Boggs' CEO pleaded guilty in North Carolina, and the company was barred from bidding on new contracts.
Anderson officials declined to comment. A message left at Boggs Paving wasn't immediately returned.