State Warns I-69 Developer

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The private-sector team overseeing construction of the I-69 extension between Bloomington and Martinsville has received a notice of non-performance from the state. The notice cites a contractor hired by I-69 Development Partners as failing to promptly pay a number of subcontractors more than $9 million.

The notice from the Indiana Finance Authority and the Indiana Department of Transportation says several subcontractors have left the project or have threatened to leave because they have not received payment from contractor Isolux Corsan. One subcontractor, Crider and Crider, is owed more than $2.3 million and is refusing to work until payment is made, according to the IFA. 

"The state expects contractors working on this project and all projects to be paid on time," said Indiana Public Finance Director Dan Huge. "The IFA is taking decisive action to protect taxpayer and motorist interests and hold our developer accountable."

The IFA says the developer has failed to provide written certifications that payments are being made in a timely manner and therefore the agency cannot verify the status of required payments. The IFA says it has issued previous notices of non-performance and has the right to hold I-69 Development Partners in default of its contract "as early as next week."

The section of the I-69 extension in question was originally scheduled to be completed in October. However, in April, it was reported that completion had been delayed until June of 2017. At the time, no reason was given for the delay. 

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