Construction season is starting to come to a close.
But, if projects do not get done by the completion date – there can be consequences.
Before projects like this Broadway Bridge begin in the spring – the DOT determines a completion date for the contractors.
From there, it’s up to the contractors to get it done or else they could face some extra costs.
“Things happen. I don’t think they should get fined for not being able to finish it on time,” said Kiera Hall.
“If it had something to do with weather, things that they can’t control, they probably shouldn’t be fined,” said Peter Maragos.
Once the snow melts construction season is on and it doesn’t take a break. That’s because there’s deadlines and dollars on the line.
“They are required by our contracts to meet those completion dates,” said Chad Beggs, DOT Engineering Manager.
Once the DOT determines the completion date, it’s up to the contractors to make their schedules. There are cases where completion dates do get moved back. For example, if a natural disaster occurs like a hurricane or tornado and contractors can’t get their supplies, that could be a case where the date changes.
“They still get the project done,” said Beggs.
Beggs says most of the time the date doesn’t change and if the work can’t get done on time – there will be liquidated damaging costs until the project is finished.
“The money gets deducted from what money is due to them for the work that they have done,” said Beggs.
Every liquidated damaging cost varies by project and price.
“It’s not a penalty, it’s not a fine, it’s just a consequence,” said Beggs.
Some projects like this one will be completed on time, but there will be some work to be done in the spring like permanent striping and texture.
Minor items such as those will not experience liquidated damaging costs.