Residents say Charlotte Co. road construction caused damage to homes

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CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.- A brand new, major roadway is opening Monday.

Many people are happy about the new route, making it a quicker commute. But some homeowners who live near the new Winchester Boulevard South are saying the construction is damaging their homes.

Neighbors are finding tons of structural cracks on their homes.

“I don’t know how much structural integrity has been breached. I don’t know exactly what it’s going to take to repair this back to its original state. Patching the cracks is fairly easy but it doesn’t fix the problem.”

Dan Mock owns a home on Burnsville Street which runs parallel to the new Winchester Boulevard South.

He showed WINK News the cracks throughout the outside of the home, some even showing on the inside.

The former licensed contractor believes construction of the new road behind his home is to blame.

“The cracks are here and they weren’t here before the compaction of the road bed.

Six complaints have been filed with Charlotte County Public Works, but the county says according to the contract with the company, Zeb Construction, they’re not the ones responsible for complaints.

“The county should accept the responsibility in their future contracts. I’m not really sure why they would write a contract this way since they’re actually the people’s representatives. they need to take that responsibility.

Mock has contacted the county, Zeb Construction and the subcontractors. He says so far, none of them will answer his questions or take responsibility.

“I will pursue a lawsuit against the construction company and their subcontractors and possibly the county as well.”

Charlotte County officials say they are encouraging Zeb Construction to look further into the complaints.

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