Created: Tue, 07 Jan 2014 10:57:00 MST
Updated: Wed, 08 Jan 2014 12:01:12 MST
DELTA, Colo. - The Delta City Council met for the first time in 2014 and gave an update on the construction of the city’s alternate truck route.
The new road, also called Confluence Drive, will alleviate downtown Delta from big rigs travelling on highway 50, but officials say the project is months behind schedule.
“The original contract contemplated 15 months to complete the project, but again because of unexpected and unanticipated issues, we're about four months behind now,” said project manager Jim Hatheway.
The project is now expected to finish in late summer or early fall of this year.
The construction is lead by Hamon Contractors, and officials report that for every day the project goes past the original finish date, it costs the city an extra $3,000.
“To date, we’re about $500,000 over budget,” said Hatheway.
The council reports during the upcoming winter months, the pace of current construction will be dramatically slowed but will pick back up in the spring.