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Who pays and who got paid during interstate repairs

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Updated: 1/10 11:39 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- What started as a morning traffic backup led to a traffic headache for nearly 24 hours. FDOT says they had to close the 95 on-ramps at Phillips Highway and Atlantic Boulevard because of a gaping crack in the interstate.

Action News spoke to FDOT officials who say it could be weeks before they have a total for how much the construction repair will cost. FDOT spokesperson Mike Goldman spoke to our radio partner WOKV and said they had to shut down traffic because there could have been vehicular or personal injuries.

While drivers had to cope with the mess, business owners saw an opportunity. Scott Dowman is a co-op owner for Rusted in San Marco. When he saw all of the traffic detouring by his store, he posted a message on Facebook to help boost sales.

"It was like stop in, get off, get out, relax, stop in for a cup of coffee, enjoy something and I think that what it turned out to be was a real blessing for us because we were exposed to probably greater than 30,000 cars that don't often take this route," said Dowman.

Dowman is hoping some of the drivers that were detoured stop by his shop in the future.

Meanwhile the state is trying to sort out whether taxpayers or the contractor will be responsible for footing the bill for the mistake that snarled traffic.

"Was it a preexisting condition that we didn't know about, was it something the contractor was doing, or something in the contract specifications about the way this work had to be performed. We don't know," said Goldman.

Action News reached out to Archer Western, the contractor responsible, for a comment and they haven't returned our calls.
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