Construction Crew Goes Overtime, Causes Major Traffic Jam and Huge Fines

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Laurel, MD -- A construction crew went overtime while re-paving an expressway.  The overtime took them into the morning rush hour, causing huge traffic jams and huge fines.

All lanes were supposed to open by 5am, but the crews were still moving jersey walls and completing clean up hours later.

The construction contractor responsible for the delay, Shirley Contracting, is now getting hefty fines.  $2,000 for the first 10 minutes overtime, and $1,000 for each minute over that.  That's $52k an hour  They went 2.5 hours overtime, resulting in approximately $134k in fines.

Shirley Contracting president, Mike Post said, "Shirley Contracting and the Maryland Department of transportation are investigating the incident and gathering information.  It would be premature to comment before that process is complete."