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December 7, 2012

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Contract extension for Hamburg Pike granted reluctantly


JEFFERSONVILLE — Contract extension for Hamburg Pike improvements

Also at the redevelopment commission meeting last week, with some reluctance, the commission approved a contract for Bernardin Lochmueller and Associates to continue inspections for work along Hamburg Pike.

The planning and engineering firm was hired as the inspectors for a project to widen Hamburg Pike to about 38 feet between Dutch Lane and Charlestown-New Albany Pike. The project began in December 2010 and was scheduled to be completed in November.

However, Clarksville-based Gohmann Asphalt and Construction Inc., the contractor for the project, said delays in utility relocations and weather slowed the project to a crawl. The expected completion date for the project is sometime in June.

Commission members said they were all pleased with the work Bernardin and Lochmueller was doing on the job, and the reluctance to extend the contract was tied to issues with the contractor on the project going beyond their anticipated deadline.

“We don’t have an issue with the people doing the inspection, we just have an issue with who should pay for it,” said commission member Rob Stevens. “We believe it should not be us, it should be Gohmann because it’s their responsibility to why it’s taking so long.”

City Engineer Andy Crouch said the money to pay for the additional inspection costs would come out of redevelopment funds and would total $336,000. The cost is on top of $885,000 already paid for the inspection services.

Initially, the road-widening project was estimated to cost $5.96 million, of which 80 percent is federally funded through the Indiana Department of Transportation. Jeffersonville is responsible for 20 percent, or $1.19 million of the project’s cost.

Crouch added that the utility work plan was not met.

“We have to pay because the utilities didn’t hold up their end of the bargain?” Stevens asked.

“That’s where we are,” Crouch said.

Stevens asked if there was a way the city could recover the money from the utility company and Crouch said he would look into it.

The redevelopment commission unanimously approved extending the contract for Bernardin Lochmueller.

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