ODOT cuts contractor on Highway 20 project
Thursday, May 3, 2012
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon Department of Transportation has terminated a contractor who was unable to overcome landslide problems on a project to upgrade a 10-mile stretch of Highway 20 through the Coast Range between Newport and the Willamette Valley.
The deal announced Thursday allows Yaquina River Constructors, a subsidiary of Granite Construction, to walk away from the job after returning $15 million of the $173 million the state has paid.
The Register-Guard reports (http://is.gd/ZGLZ7M ) the cost of the project is now between $290 million and $310 million -- triple the original bid and six years behind schedule.
The latest costs arise from the state's plan to demolish four bridges that were discovered to be out of plumb and replace them with culverts. There are a total of 11 bridges on the project.
Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com