Morning commuters will find the stop light back in business today at 8th and Main in Thief River Falls as things begin to return to normal following a long – and long delayed – summer construction project.
In spite of favorable weather, the project suffered weeks of delays after one of the sub-contractors; Hancock Concrete Products – failed to deliver on promised manholes, catch basins and other items.
MnDOT District Traffic Engineer; J.T. Anderson – in Bemidji – told our News Room Friday that Hancock will be assessed “liquidated damages;” but says there is no re-course when it comes to additional revenue lost to businesses in the construction zone.
Anderson says it is unfortunate and he feels for businesses, but there is no means that he knows of to provide compensation in the case of lost revenue due to a contractor or sub-contractor’s failure to deliver.
Project Engineers Locally have told our News Room they have never before seen delays of this length imposed on a project by a single sub-contractor.
Business revenue loses are estimated in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and – even though Hancock will suffer a significant penalty for causing the delays – that is little comfort to businesses left with the fall-out.
We spoke with Hancock officials earlier this year, who said extreme weather last spring delayed production at their facility in West Central Minnesota.