- Published on 20 October 2011
- Written by Jenn Lampila
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After negotiations with the Nebraska Department of Roads and input from the City of Crete, Constructors, Inc., contractors for East 13th and Iris Ave. have been given 24 more working days in addition to the 115 days in the original schedule.
Tom Ourada, director of public works said Constructors wanted the extra days and after a dispute and talks with state representatives, they were allowed the time if they agreed to a few stipulations.
Ourada said they brought in an extra crew starting, Oct. 10 and should complete all paving and driveways within 30 days of that date, weather permitting.
At the end of last week, he said two more crews were working on the project, with one crew each, working at the north intersection with Crete Schools property, on Iris Ave and one on 13th Street.
Due to more stringent ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) regulations on sidewalks, the 13th and Iris intersection will be poured without the use of larger equipment. The slope on the crosswalks at the intersection must be of a certain grade, with little margin for error. This increased the time the contractor will need to complete that area.
In a progress report Ourada said, “We are working out details on lighting, striping, signage, etc. It is likely some of this may take place in the spring.”
Grass seeding, sodding and property restoration may also be in the spring, when seasonal conditions would be more ideal.
Ourada said that after the initial request for extra days over two weeks ago, he and other officials said the 24-day request was unreasonable, upon which, Constructors, Inc. stopped all work at the 13th and Iris intersection and cancelled two concrete pours previously scheduled. Ourada said a main concern with the request was the fall weather holding though the extended construction schedule.
Before it was settled by Oct. 7, Constructors had also refused an offer of 19 days, after which Ourada said NDOR advised they were not allowed to stop the work.
The 24 days were eventually awarded, although with stipulations, and the schedule plans indicate much of the work to be finished by mid-November.