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UDOT Files $29.4 Million Lawsuit against Timpanogos Highway Contractor


The Utah Department of Transportation filed a lawsuit Thursday against the builder of a Timpanogos Highway project, claiming at least $29 million dollars in damages.

The project expanded the Timpanogos Highway and added Utah’s first commuter lanes to a stretch of State Route 92 from Highland to I-15. It was scheduled for completion in October 2011, but work continued into 2013.

In a complaint filed in Utah’s 4th District Court, UDOT officials accuse Flatiron Constructors and Harper Contracting of breach of contract, including failure to complete the project in a timely manner, failure to properly staff the project, improper management and poor workmanship. The complaint cites leaking bridges, drainage under barrier walls, and joints at pedestrian structures, among other issues. UDOT claims the damages amount to about $29.4 million.

The plaintiffs and defendants declined to comment while the case is in litigation, but UDOT released a statement saying the agency believes this step is in the best interests of the public.

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