Nearly a month into the contract for concrete/asphalt work at the all-abilities park, the contractor hasn’t yet started the curb and gutter, sidewalk or the pad that will sit under the equipment at the site near Lions Lake.
Per contract, KJ Unnerstall, Washington, has 60 days to complete the work from when the contract was signed, Oct. 6.
Darren Dunkle, parks director, said he is still waiting to get a firm start date from the contractor.
“We’re playing the waiting game right now,” he said.
While recent rain showers may play a small role in delays, Dunkle said it’s more due to the contractor having other jobs in Washington to complete.
KJ Unnerstall is a subcontractor on the Highway 100 widening project.
“It’s like a domino effect,” Dunkle said. “The longer it takes them to do their part, the more it pushes us (the city) into the winter to try to get our part done.”
Dunkle said there is still a window of time to complete the project, but as winter sets in it’s less likely that asphalt or concrete is being produced. Plants will not mix concrete if there’s not a large amount to be produced, which also could delay the project.
Once on site, Dunkle noted that the work shouldn’t take long to complete.
After the curb and gutter, sidewalk and asphalt are finished, the city will begin constructing the playground.
Equipment already has been delivered and the playground surface was scheduled to be delivered this week, Dunkle said.
When it’s time for the equipment installation, the city will devote one or two employees from public works, the parks department and water/wastewater for the work.
The city has been working for the past several months on site grading, as well as the installation of drain inlets and storm sewer piping, a retaining wall and other preliminary work.