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April 23, 2014

Delay adds $56,000 to Aledo Trail project

By JUDY SHERIDAN

The long delay in the Aledo Trail downtown couplet, now due to finish in summer instead of spring, will add about $56,000 to the cost of the project, Parker County commissioners learned last week, when they approved a change order upping the contract to around $3.3 million.

“This was for the utility delay this fall,” David Payne, of Freese and Nichols, told the court. “Basically, it was when this project was at a standstill, waiting for AT&T to come in and make their modifications — about four months.”

“Understand that there were meetings involved with AT&T,” Parker County Judge Mark Riley said, “and AT&T knew years before all this ever started, but they just didn’t take care of their stuff in a timely fashion.  

“Bottom line is there isn’t anybody in the State of Texas that can make them do anything either, and so it’s unfortunate, but AT&T has cost us money.”

Payne explained the additional costs at the request of Precinct 4 Commissioner Dusty Renfro, saying McMahon Contracting supervisors continued to patrol the project during the interim, adding $17,000.

Another cost was moving equipment to other job sites during the lag time, he said, then bringing it back.

The delay also extended the rental of barricades, changeable message boards and field office space.

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