More than $40 million in road and bridge projects face delays as the S.C. Department of Transportation tries to resolve financial problems that have put the spotlight on agency accounting practices.
The transportation agency revealed today that it plans to put off state project work that was to be let in August and September, as it seeks to improve financial conditions. Much of the work being delayed is for road paving, bridge replacements and beautification work, officials said.
Robert St. Onge, the state’s transportation secretary, emphasized that the paving and bridge work will be done, but not as early as originally planned. He could not provide a timetable of how long the delays would be or say which projects would be slowed because of the department’s financial struggles.
“We’ll wait until the cash picture solidifies or clears up and then we’ll move forward,’’ he said after Thursday’s DOT Commission meeting.
The agency has had trouble paying contractors and, this week, received $52 million in advance payments from the federal government to help ease the financial crunch.