The discovery of
faulty guardrails in Tennessee along 4,000 miles of the roads has led to the
investigation of two separate construction companies in several southern
attorney general found that rails installed by two companies – KRD Corp. and LU
Inc. – along 4,000 miles of the state’s roads were not set deeply enough, the Birmingham
News reported. LU’s rails were set 12 inches deep, rather than the required
44 inches, and the company failed to replace some damaged guardrail sections,
according to WSMV television reports.
attorney general also alleged that KRD, which has since lost its contract with
the state, might have improperly billed for its work, according to the Chattanooga
Times Free Press.
In the aftermath of
Tennessee’s investigation, Alabama and Georgia transportation officials
launched their own investigations. Georgia officials, however, will partner
with – and pay – KRD contractors to help inspect and make repairs to
problematic sections of the road.
“To us, the right
thing to do is pay them if there’s no problem (in Georgia),” Georgia DOT
official Bert Brantley told WSMV.