KY 36 construction company fined
Friday, July 12, 2013 11:00 AM
Delays in opening KY 36 in Carroll County continue to cost a construction company in penalties each day the road remains closed, a state spokesperson said Thursday.
Each missed deadline began costing Judy Construction Company of Cynthiana, Ky. - the company which was awarded the bid for a bridge replacement contract over Locust Creek - each day the road hasn't been opened since the first deadline was missed in June, spokeswoman Nancy Wood with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said.
After missing a second deadline in July, the company and state now plan for the road to reopen in August.
Wood said the company began facing fines of $2,000 a day beginning June 9 for failing to have the road open to traffic. The state began to apply an additional $2,400 penalty in July for not completing the projects as scheduled, she said, bringing the fines to $4,400 a day since July 1.
So far, Judy Construction has accumulated nearly $100,000 in liquidated damages and penalties for not opening the road on schedule and failing to complete the projects on time.
"It's a pretty sizable amount (of damages and penalties) for that size of roadway," Wood said.
Judy Construction was awarded the low-bid contract of $2.6 million earlier this year. The bridge replacement project is funded by the state.
The company set the initial timeline for the project, which called for the road to be closed for about three months, Wood said.
The roadway was first scheduled to reopen in early June after KY 36 closed between Carrollton and Milton in March. Issues with equipment and the weather caused the first deadline to be missed, the company told officials.
Another deadline was set for July 3, but weather caused issues in completing the bridge and the approaches on either side of the bridge.
Penalties will not decrease because of weather-related issues that caused work to slow in the last few weeks.
"The rain happened after the initial deadline," Wood said.
The new bridge over Locust Creek will have three spans and will be 231 feet long with the approaches once completed, a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet release said.
Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold "Shorty" Tomlinson said a new deadline has been set for Aug. 15. A final project deadline is set for Aug. 30.