It is not wrong, of course, to be disappointed by the delays, which have stacked a little, actually. There have been several episodes of delay, not all of them even part of construction, and I think we all would like it to be finished.
But a better field for comparison and context might be other public works projects.
And here, for all the criticism we level here towards excessive autoism in design, especially the monstrous overplanning for the Salem River Crossing, the City does a pretty good job with construction management. The City has a habit of bringing in small and medium-sized road and bridge projects on-time and on-budget.
Were there any great problems on the Winter Street Bridge replacement by the Hospital?
|Demolition on Winter Street at Shelton Ditch|
|Second Stage Demo on Commercial Street Bridge|
On the Minto Bridge, the City seems to have structured the contract so the public will pay only in time, and not in extra costs, for the delay.
regardless of how long the contractor takes to complete the project, the city pays the same price.This looks like good stewardship by the City, not like a failure to anticipate problems.
The only leverage is deducting $750 per day from the contract amount for each day Legacy fails to meet the 2016 deadline, which the city is doing. It is estimated that by the time the bridge is finally opened to the public, the city could withhold more than $200,000.
The approach on the bridge editorial is a little unfair, and seems to trade on some of the public's opposition, who feel the bridge will be a wasteful resource in the park. The editorial courts controversy and clicks rather than being a sober estimate of things.
Rhetorically the editorial says
The city says the 305-foot tied-arch bridge will be an iconic and beautiful addition to the city’s skyline.But in fact the paper shared this opinion not too long ago, and it should not have been necessary to do "he said, she said here," to displace praise for the bridge onto the City and to court, again, skepticism. Back then, in 2011, the paper also seemed more tolerant of the winding path, including delays, the bridge was taking. The paper was a patient advocate for the bridge and it should remain so unless it wants to come out formally against it.
|Who remembers delay on this?|
Thank you for your measured perspective on the bridge's construction delays. If I had to choose, I would always prefer that a project comes in on budget vs. on schedule. Both matter, but in this case budget is more important. This bridge will be an asset for the City over many decades, and the delay will be long forgotten.
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