1000th West project proving more expensive than anticipated

The cost of the 1000th West road project’s south end has proved to be much more expensive than had been anticipated and this has Logan’s Public Works Director Mark Nielsen, and others, extremely frustrated. Nielsen says he was told early on that the worst scenario was that the project could cost the city $1.75 million. Now, he told the Logan Municipal Council Tuesday night, the cost is an extra $3.1 million part of the problem is the way it was structured. “They structured it such that they basically would never know where they were at any specific time and that came back as things came in, as they got trenches excavated,” Nielson explained. “Oh my goodness we don’t have very good material. We need to import material to back-fill that trench. All of those things are in accordance with our standards and specs but none of that was anticipated up front.” Nielsen says of the $3.1 million, $2.4 million was strictly for the new sewer line which the city found out after the fact had to be replaced. At least, Nielson told the city council last night, the south end of the project is now essentially complete as far as city participation is concerned.

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