Fondren Contract Extended
Contractors will have additional time and funds to complete the Fondren streetscape project.
The Jackson City Council recently approved amending its agreement with Hemphill Construction, to allow an additional 65 days and $140,000, to cover cost overruns and unforeseen delays related to the project.
The measure was approved unanimously, with both Ward One Councilman Ashby Foote and Ward Seven Councilwoman Virgi Lindsay voting in favor.
“We had some additional matters to address on ADA requirements,” said Engineering Manager Charles Williams. “We do a lot of pre-planning, but … sometimes we miss it.”
The streetscape project will end up costing approximately $2.7 million and includes rebuilding sidewalks and making other pedestrian improvements in the Fondren Business District.
The project’s footprint runs basically from the triangle where North State Street and Old Canton Road meet to north of Duling Avenue.
According to city documents, the project was delayed in part to unforeseen infrastructure issues in the area, including water main breaks that required immediate attention.
Also, additional sidewalk replacements were needed, and additional ADA components needed to be installed.
The project is being funded in large part with a federal transportation grant. Because of that, all aspects of the project must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Even with the work, city officials say Hemphill has worked diligently to complete the project.
“The contractor has continually manned this project site and has worked around community events, inclement weather and broken infrastructure, and should not be penalized for additional time,” a memo to the council reads.
Hemphill was brought on in August 2017. Work initially was expected to wrap up this August.