NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has reached a deal with TME Enterprises, Inc. to begin paying drivers who filed pothole damage claims.
The agreement, signed on May 7 , specifically refers to claims regarding damage incurred on I-264 eastbound between February 7, 2013 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 9, 2013 at 1 a.m, according to VDOT spokeswoman Lauren Hansen.
A 10 On Your Side investigation revealed poor oversight on the behalf of VDOT as well as low quality pothole repairs led to the February pothole fiasco on I-264.
The Virginia Department of Transportation hired TME Enterprises, Inc. specifically to maintain the interstates in Southside Hampton Roads.
As of May 15, 22 claims have been approved, totaling $15,666. VDOT anticipates it will receive another 20 claims for review by the end of the week.
Some claims from the Feb. 8 incident have been dropped due to lack of paperwork submission.
A company has been hired to complete the repairs to the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on the Outer Banks, but how long those repairs will take remains unknown.
Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.
State officials say construction on a new Bonner Bridge has been delayed for years because of a legal battle with an environmental group.