The extra utility work “was all a good call on the city’s part, because you don’t want to be putting new infrastructure, tying it into really old infrastructure in disrepair,” Spinney said. “The city said, ‘We just need to replace some of those things so we don’t have to come back and dig the road up.’”
The contractor, John R. Jurgensen Co., performed the utility work, with city employees very involved in reviewing and inspecting the work, he said.
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“With those change orders, we’re still about $300,000-and-some below the initial contract” of $17.96 million, Spinney said. Overall costs, including property acquisition and highway design, bring total costs to more than $30 million.
“I was looking at a report that I recently got and they’re about 50 percent complete in time and 50 percent complete in budget,” Engle said.