Road delay bill heads to governor’s desk in Georgia

| Thursday, April 12, 2007

The Georgia Senate unanimously approved a bill Wednesday, April 11, that would get tough with road contractors who cause construction delays.

Sponsored by Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Evans, the bill would prevent companies that fall more than 25 percent behind on public works or state Transportation Department construction contracts from bidding on new projects. The bill – HB202 –states that the delay would have to be the contractors’ fault for the provision to apply. Reasons beyond the contractors’ control would not apply, The Augusta Chronicle reported.

Harbin said the protection for the state is needed to make sure contracts are completed in a timely manner.

The Senate vote cleared the way for the bill to head to Gov. Sonny Perdue’s desk. The House already approved it by unanimous consent.

Another bill advancing through the Capitol would hold utility companies’ feet to the fire on road work. Sponsored by Sen. Jim Whitehead, R-Evans, the bill would hold utility companies responsible for construction delays if they don’t move their lines quickly enough. Companies found in violation would be responsible for paying road contractors.

The bill – SB19 – has advanced from the Senate to the House Transportation Committee.

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