Contractor on ill-fated Hwy 20 project agrees to $735K penalty

Contractor on ill-fated Hwy 20 project agrees to $735K penalty

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The contractor on an ill-fated project to straighten a hazardous section of U.S. 20 has agreed to pay a $735,000 federal penalty to resolve allegations that it allowed muddy water from the work to flow into Coast Range streams.

The Oregonian reported
Monday the agreement is between Granite Construction of Watsonville, Calif., and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It has been filed in federal court in Portland.

The state has taken over the troubled project, and state officials are to decide later this month how to proceed.

The estimated cost has increased from about $150 million to nearly $400 million.

Landslides that have plagued the project continue to be a problem.
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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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