Problem-Plagued LIC South Project In Bradley County Still Not Re-Started After High Ditch Erosion Control Estimate Received

Monday, September 9, 2013

The expensive, problem-plagued LIC South project near Brymer Creek in Bradley County has still not gotten back on track after the contractor's estimate for ditch erosion controls came in "much higher than expected."

Janice Casteel, Cleveland city manager, told the Cleveland City Council on Monday that if an agreement with contractor Steve Williams cannot be reached it may be necessary to call a special meeting of the City Council.

Ms. Casteel said later that the Williams estimate was much higher than the $180,000 cost projection by engineers on the project. She said her staff is still reviewing the estimate to see if it may have also included some other items.

She said in order to stay within the new higher $4.8 million project cost it may be necessary to not spend at this time $160,000 that was allotted for a top coat on the road at the project. The work, in conjunction with TDOT, involves providing new interstate access near the U.S. 64 exit to planned new industrial park sites.

She said if the top coat is put on now it could be damaged during other upcoming construction at the site.

The Cleveland City Council on Monday approved adjusting the cost of LIC South from $4 million to $4.8 million and cutting the expense at the later LIC North project from $4 million to $3.2 million.

The Bradley County Commission earlier gave similar approvals.

Ms. Casteel said the city is no longer having to pay $1,100 per day to a private firm to monitor the site. The firm has been recently making about two inspections a week. She said once the project is 90 percent complete that the oversight is no longer necessary.

She said city crews recently reinforced erosion controls at the site since contractor Williams was not going back onto the site until something is worked out about his ditch repair estimate.

Nearby residents have complained that Brymer Creek has been muddied by the project.     

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