Posted: Jan 20, 2012 5:28 PM by Michael Shingleton
Updated: Jan 20, 2012 6:39 PM
BATON ROUGE - Less than a month in and The Department of Transportation and Development says Boh Brothers construction in making significant progress on completing the Interstate 10 widening project.
Boh Brothers took over the expansion between the 10/12 split and Siegen Lane after the state fired Austin Bridge and Road for not meeting certain benchmarks.
Since mid-December, DOTD says Boh Brothers has been able to identify future construction issues and flaws that may arise which will prevent more delay.
DOTD anticipates completing I-10 by February 2013, weather permitting.
That's one of the main problems Austin Bridge and Road cited as halting it's progress before the company was fired. The company claims work stopped for 125 days due to weather. That's 60 more than the state allowed.
Austin said change orders and design flaws mounted another six months of delay. The company claims the state stopped construction 107 over three years for holidays and "non-charge" days like football games.
"they tried repeatedly to work with the state. The state was not responsive to their attempts to work with them. This is the first time in the history of the company they've ben defaulted and kicked off a job," lead counsel for Austin Bridge and Road, Ross Cunningham said.
In a statement, DOTD said, "We stand by our previous statement. Louisiana taxpayers deserve quality work in a timely manner. We have aggressively pushed for completion of this vital segment for the more than 100,000 commuters who drive this section daily. We feel a new completion contractor is the best course of action."
Work from the 10/12 split began in January 2009. The original completion date was December 2011.