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Delaware DOT sues bridge designer over cost overruns, delays

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(AP) — The Delaware Department of Transportation is suing a bridge designer for errors that sent a bridge project over budget and schedule.

The Delaware 141 bridge finally reopened on Monday after the project ran nearly four months over schedule and $1 million over budget. Agency spokesman C. R. McLeod tells The News Journal of Wilmington that the state blames Philadelphia-based designer McCormick Taylor. The company had no immediate comment when contacted Wednesday by The Associated Press.

Contract documents allege that underestimated costs of materials and the blueprints left out a critical bridge support item as well as the existence of an asbestos-covered conduit buried under a sidewalk.

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