Project plagued by late starts

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Diamond Drive traffic delays lead to contract friction

By Mandy Marksteiner

County Public Works Director Kyle Zimmerman estimated that the Diamond Drive Phase III Project is 16 days behind schedule.  As a result, cold weather may prevent finishing the final step, which would add  an “open grade friction course,” a treatment that helps tires grip the road and reduces the risk of hydroplaning.

At a County Council Work Session in White Rock Tuesday night, Zimmerman said there were several reasons for the delays:  the contractor was slow to get started; there were unexpected traffic control problems; the contractor didn’t anticipate the complexity of the underground utility system (because Los Alamos was originally going to be a temporary town, there were a lot of abandoned utilities underground); they had high rainfall during their working period; the contractor fired 11 people for a safety violation; and there were a few instances of vandalism.

Zimmerman hoped to avoid schedule-related problems by imposing a rule that future contractors must begin the project within a set time frame after the contract has been signed and by establishing progress milestones at the beginning of a project. But, he noted, the problem is that when he sets up restrictions, the price goes up.

The contractor has asked for $180,000 in additional compensation, and so far the department has approved $118,000.

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