Highway department charging construction company on overdue project

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - 10:50 p.m. NOV 15 UPDATE: Traffic delays are expected to take place Wednesday and Thursday Jonesboro city officials said in a news release, as crews begin paving the roundabout.

Because this project has been going on for a while, residents are happy the construction project is finally moving along.

"Well right now, we have a few machinery coming through and sometimes it slows us down especially if we are in a hurry to get to classes but it looks like it is coming together really good so I can't wait until the construction clears out and we can move a little faster," said Andrew Tippitt, a resident who lives near the roundabout.

Director of Communications for the city of Jonesboro Bill Campbell said as paving is done, traffic delays will happen.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department has charged a Region 8 construction company more than $5,000 in liquidated damages for an overdue project.

Construction on the roundabout at Aggie and Airport Roads started in July 2015. Seagraves Construction of Maynard won the bid at roughly $1.2 million.

AHTD District 10 Engineer Brad Smithee told Region 8 News the project was slated to take 75 working days.

Despite it being more than a year later, Smithee said Seagraves Construction is only four days over schedule right now at 79 working days.

Smithee said poor weather conditions earlier this year played a factor in the company not being able to work some days. Issues with utilities also delayed the project.

However, Smithee said the company is now over their allotted time for the project. Until the project is completed, the company will be fined $1,300 per working day for liquidated damages.

Smithee said the company has not recently given them a time-frame on when they expect to be done.

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