From the Ask Joe file tonight a question from a viewer about delays on a local construction project.
Dave in Reno wrote in asking if NDOT is going to impose some type of penalty against the contractor on the Meadowood Interchange project ?
That project dragged on a long time and just finished up a couple of months ago. Meadow Valley Construction started work in June of 2010. In fact it was Governor Jim Gibbons who was on hand for the groundbreaking, that's how far back this project goes.
The project ended up running 172 working days working behind schedule.
By law, the state can fine the contractor $5,000 for every day it runs late. So that would add up to more than half a million dollars the state could collect. But will they ?
I spoke with Scott Magruder over at NDOT. He says they are in negotiations with the company. They have informed Meadow Valley of the amount they feel they owe, that is at least $500,000. Now it's up the company to respond. Magruder says they hope to hear something before the end of the year.
If negotiations fail there are other options, including a claims board, or a dispute resolution team to settle the matter. And if all that fails, a trial would be a last resort.
So that's where it stands. NDOT is hoping to collect on those late fees. Whether they do, and how much the company is willing to pay is still up in the air.