OLYMPIA - The project to install a sewer under Henderson Boulevard is nearing completion, more than four months after the originally scheduled wrap-up date.
Tim Richardson, the project manager for the city, said the sewer-main work should be complete by the first week of April and the final asphalt patching and roadway work should wrap up the following week. That depends, as always, on the weather.
The Olympia City Council voted this week to authorize City Manager Steve Hall to sign a construction contract with Active Construction of Tacoma to complete the project. Neither party expects the cost to exceed $800,000, according to a staff report.
Active Construction has been on the job since January, when the city terminated its contract with its original contractor, Ro-Con Equipment Specialist of Black Diamond. That came after the city had cited numerous defects in Ro-Con’s work, particularly depressions in the sewer pipe in which sediment could gather. The city also claimed the contractor was not responding to issues in a timely manner.
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In correspondence, Ro-Con questioned the city’s allegations and said it was willing to complete the job. Ro-Con is protesting its termination, Richardson said.
The council passed an emergency resolution in January to allow the city to hire Active Construction. The council’s action Tuesday night formalizes that relationship.
The work, which the city described as an emergency, will be paid from the original budget for the contract. Any excess project costs will be charged to Ro-Con and its bonding company, according to a staff report.
The work has created headaches for drivers on Henderson Boulevard, reducing traffic to one northbound lane from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays between North Street and Yelm Highway. When the project began in September, city officials said the project would be done by mid-November.
Active Construction now has until April 30 to complete the project, according to the contract. It must be finished by then to hook up to a new sewer lift being constructed near Yelm Highway, as part of a project to widen the road between Rich Road and Henderson Boulevard.
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