Now that completion of street work on Main Street is past its deadline, officials said they are expecting a request for additional time to finish the work.
The deadline to complete improvement to Main Street was scheduled for Dec. 15, 2012. The contractor is Magruder Paving LLC, Troy.
Work began on the street project in May 2012 and it was slated to take 240 days, or about eight months.
According to state law, from Dec. 15 through March 15, the city cannot assess damages for incomplete work due to low temperatures. Most concrete plants won’t be open during those months.
In effect, that pushed the deadline back to March 15.
“I’m sure that the board of aldermen at some point will be asked to consider a change order, but I’m not sure on what grounds they will ask for additional time,” said City Administrator Russell Rost. “When that is received, the board will discuss and look to see in what ways, if any, the city was damaged by delays.”
However, Magruder was granted an additional 10 days to complete the project because there were additions to the project including the addition of $20,000 to the Main Street project to be used for more curb and gutter replacement.
There was some debate among aldermen if they would allow work to be conducted during the winter, but permitted crews to continue.
Rost added that there still is much work to be completed.
“Even when the concrete work is done, there still is work to do, but that is the tedious, slow part,” he said. “There is a lot of ancillary work — laying sod, seeding — but they still have to overlay from Christina to Highway 47.”
According to Rost, the city will listen to the advice of City Attorney Tim Melenbrink.
“With the assistance of council, the board will decide what kind of action will be required, or whether or not they will grant request of a change order,” he said.
Much of the city’s Main Street improvement project has recently been focused on the downtown business district and governmental center.
Officials said the downtown streetscape enhancements are funded by $310,515 in federal funds. The city is required to provide a match of over $100,000.
“The quality of work, as many people have commented, will look good when it is finished,” said Rost. “It has just been delayed and at some point we have to determine if the delays are reasonable.”
When traveling west on Main Street, there is 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 business district.
There also are walls constructed on the south side of the road between to “screen out” county parking lots east of Church Street.
Plans also call for new sidewalks, with a foot-wide colored stamped stripe, on both sides of Main Street from McKinley Avenue to Washington Avenue.
Franklin County officials granted an easement for the city to include seating and planters along Main Street on the north side of the Historic Franklin County Courthouse.
Plans also call for seating and planters 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 will match other new benches and planters installed between McKinley and Washington avenues to provide more consistency in the downtown area.
There will be new bum pouts added at intersections where there were no bump outs previously, and older bump outs will be replaced.
There will be stamped concrete crosswalks along Main Street in the downtown district, and some Bradford pear trees will be removed and replaced with frontier elm trees.
The scope of the Main Street project includes a 2-inch asphalt overlay, concrete base repairs, new sidewalks and signs.
There also is an enhancement component of the project that is under way in the downtown area now.
Included in the project is a roundabout at the intersection of Main Street and Independence Drive that has already been completed.
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