Berlin seeks compensation after latest delay on bridge project

Published on Sunday, 8 October 2017 22:30
Written by Charles Paullin

Staff Writer

BERLIN - The Farmington Avenue Bridge project is delayed again and the town is looking for monetary compensation.

Jim Horbal, the town’s deputy director of public works, said the placement of utilities underneath the bridge had been a problem. The project now should be completed by the end of the month.

Horbal said the contractor, Mastrobattisto Inc. of Bristol, will be assessed a penalty of $1,000 a day, dating back to June 30.

The project, which began in summer 2016 and during which traffic has been rerouted to Seymour Street, was delayed previously, in June, by soil contamination from a gas station formerly near the site.

There is a process to approve the penalty, but Horbal said the town expects to receive about $60,000.

Mastrobattisto was originally awarded a $2.58 million contract for the project and received an extension in July for an amount not to exceed $3 million for the total contract.

The town is expected to only pay 10 percent of the final cost, with 80 percent coming from Amtrak and 10 percent from the state Department of Transportation.

With winter coming, a bridge project on High Road will be put on hold until spring, Horbal said.

That project has been delayed by the design and manufacture of the box culvert, Horbal said, and will get started once warm weather returns.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, General News on Sunday, 8 October 2017 22:30. Updated: Sunday, 8 October 2017 22:32.