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June 25, 2013

Lewiston Road project costs rise, but end is in sight

The end of the Lewiston Road project is in sight for the city.

The city council approved a resolution from Mayor Paul Dyster's office calling for a change order that would pay the project contractor Accadia Site Contracting, Inc. $204,000 to perform corrective work, one of the final steps on the job.

"My guess is that as soon as this gets approved you'll see them move toward the completion of the project," Dyster said.

Paul Marinaccio, the president of Accadia attended a May 28 council meeting where he expressed concerns about work performed by the former contractor Man O' Trees, Inc. The company was kicked off the job by the city after a series of disagreements and work stoppages.

The city has sued Man O' Trees seeking damages on the incomplete road project.

Dyster said the city will add the cost of the corrective work to the amount in damages it is seeking through the lawsuit.

"Of course we will be seeking to recover these funds as part of the damages from our previous contractor," Dyster said.

Marinaccio said he could not guarantee work done over the top of the former contractor's job and wanted the city to assume all liability on that part of the project.

He said he was only willing to go over the existing work if the city and its construction management consultant Wendel Duchscherer were willing sign off on that plan during the May meeting.

Susan Sherwood, a representative from Wendel Duchscherer, said that after engineers went out to the site to test the existing work they were able to determine exactly how much of the work will need to be repaired.

"We couldn't correct it by just milling the top layer," Sherwood said.

Accadia will have to mill and repave much of the remaining stretch of road, Sherwood said.

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