“It’s disgusting what happened to Douglas Asphalt,” Savage said. “Any time we could get to a jury we did well, but that’s the way it is.”
The saga started in 2004, when GDOT found Douglas Asphalt in default on its contract for work on I-95 in Glynn and McIntosh counties after potholes started to appear on the coastal Georgia highway. The state subsequently canceled a $55 million contract to pave parts of I-75 in Turner and Crisp counties, and it took 100 other projects away from the company.
GDOT also removed the company from the state’s approved bidders list for all future road projects.
As a result, the company folded and about 550 employees lost their jobs.
GDOT still has a $2.5 million claim outstanding against Douglas Asphalt from a victory in a related Fulton County case, according to Cline. However, it’s unclear whether that debt is collectible since the company is in bankruptcy.