Union aldermen Monday gave the final nod to approve changes to the Main Street project, that includes a deadline extension for the project.

The board approved four change orders, including one that granted 115 days of additional time after the initial deadline to complete the work.

By approving the ordinances, the city can’t pursue liquidated damages against the Main Street contractor, Magruder Paving, for the missed deadline to complete work.

Time Line

Work began on the street project in May 2012 and it was slated to take 240 days, or about eight months, officials said.

The deadline for completion was Dec. 15, but there will be about 10 more days provided to the contractor to complete the project because there were additions to the project.

From Dec. 15 through March 15, the city cannot assess damages for incomplete work due to low temperatures. Most concrete plants are not open during those months.

In effect, that pushed the deadline to March 15, however, aldermen questioned if work should be permitted during the winter months.

Ultimately aldermen agreed to allow work during winter months, but asked crews to stay out of the downtown area during the holiday season.

Scope of Work

The Main Street project included a 2-inch asphalt overlay, concrete base repairs, new sidewalks and signs.

There also was an enhancement component of the project, with a gateway, or “portal” that includes one monument on each side of the street. That portal separates the residentially zoned district from the B-1 downtown businesses district.

A wall on the south side of the road between McKinley Avenue and Linden Street was constructed to “screen out” a county parking lot. The wall is located across Main Street from the El Ranchito Mexican restaurant.

There also were new sidewalks, with a foot-wide colored stamped stripe, on both sides of Main Street from McKinley Avenue to Washington Avenue.

There was seating and planters along Main Street on the north side of the Historic Franklin County Courthouse, and around a flagpole on the county property, as well as on the veterans memorial on the northwest corner of the courthouse square.

The additions on the county property match other new benches and planters installed between McKinley and Washington avenues to provide more consistency in the downtown area.

Included in the project is a roundabout at the intersection of Main Street and Independence Drive that has already been completed.

Change Order

The change orders were approved in four separate ordinances Monday.

City Engineer Jonathan Zimmermann said there was a total of $24,100 increased costs from the beginning of the construction project until the end of the project.

Last week it was stated that the total change order amount was $23,000, but that was amended by Monday.

Part of that was the aldermen approved the addition of $20,000 to be used for more curb and gutter replacement along the roadway.