Public Works Director Scott Simmons, construction supervisors and utilities department representatives appeared before the City Council last night to see what can be done to ensure work isn’t held over until next year. Some of the possibilities included closing the streets entirely or extending overtime hours.
It was pointed out though that workers already had one thousand hours of overtime due to a mess of underground pipes. The project also got started later than originally planned due to a delay in the bidding process on the project.
Simmons said the city will look at paying additional overtime, but can’t force utility companies and contractors to work extra hours if conditions are unsafe. Crews are also losing much-needed hours as it starts to get dark earlier.
Fully closing the streets wouldn’t pay off at this time either, according to officials, because most of the utility work was needed on only one side of the street.
Twohig is expected to brief the City Council next week on potential options for speeding construction.