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Legality, quality of paving in Lawrence doubted

William Lantigua, the former mayor, is accused of hijacking Lawrence’s repaving process, riding the streets with contractors, and deciding what roads would be repaired.
William Lantigua, the former mayor, is accused of hijacking Lawrence’s repaving process, riding the streets with contractors, and deciding what roads would be repaired.Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff/File 2013

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Former Lawrence mayor William Lantigua made his support for a series of road repaving projects a significant part of his reelection bid last year.

But just two months after voters ousted the controversial mayor from office, city records suggest that Lantigua funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of no-bid roadwork to his preferred contractor.

Lawrence’s top public works official says Lantigua bulldozed over the department’s authority and budget for road fixes while pushing for a series of major improvements before last September’s primary vote.

Lantigua’s successor, Mayor Dan Rivera, says that not only will the company probably lose out on payments for the uncontracted roadwork, it may also be asked to repave some roads that have already buckled.

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