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IN Bridge Work Completed $900k Under Budget

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

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Work on a bridge project in Elkhart Township, Indiana, totaled more than $900,000 under budget, according to reports. The financial success was largely attributed to careful construction inspection, as well as keeping careful tallies of materials used.

The $12.5 million project, which kicked off in September 2016, included work to replace the 27-foot-wide Kercher Road bridge with a 58-foot-wide span. The bridge runs over the Elkhart River.

Kercher Bridge Work

A result of collaboration between the Indiana Department of Transportation, Elkhart County and the City of Goshen, other work included the intersection of State Road 15 and West to County Road 17. Rieth-Riley was the low bidder, with a total amounting to roughly $12.5 million. Utility relocation and other hurdles caused several months’ worth of delays, however. The kicker, though, was that the project was completed $962,000 under budget.

Elkhart County Highway

Work on a bridge project in Elkhart Township, Indiana, totaled more than $900,000 under budget, according to reports. The financial success was largely attributed to careful construction inspection, as well as keeping careful tallies of materials used. (Pictured: the old iteration of the bridge.)

There were also liquidated damages that the contractor had to pay for not completing the project on time, however: an amount that only totaled $70,000.

To address concerns related to local wildlife and environment and before work began, work was proposed for only the north side of the causeway, as well as the installation of a retaining wall to contain the new fill. As a result, U.S. Fish & Wildlife voiced no objection to the project.

"You just did a reduction of over $960,000 on that Kercher Road project, and I don’t think that should just go unnoticed. That’s because your engineering staff did an excellent job in navigating that project,” said County Administrator Jeff Taylor.

“If you think back, all the hassle we went through ... the contractor had to work around delays in utilities and all kinds of other obstacles, and despite that, we drive on a nice road today.”

Recently, commissioners moved $500,000 for work on another end of C.R. 38.

According to The Goshen News, the road reopened Jan. 1, 2018, but the project was officially completed earlier this year.

   

Tagged categories: Bridges; Infrastructure; NA; North America; Program/Project Management; Project Management

Comment from Joe Doherty, (7/9/2019, 7:32 AM)

Nice!


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