Houston agrees to extension to allow bonus for road builder

wcrenshaw@macon.comFebruary 5, 2014 

PERRY -- The Houston County commissioners on Wednesday agreed to extend the completion date of the Moody Road widening, which will allow the contractor to collect about a $250,000 bonus.

Commission Chairman Tommy Stalnaker said the county agreed to the change because the county was to blame for the completion date being missed. He said the county wanted to redesign a bridge to allow better water flow during flooding, and that delayed the project. The redesign made the bridge a foot higher.

“We caused him to be late,” Stalnaker said.

The bonus, which the county routinely offers for early completion of road projects, is for 5 percent of the contract amount. The bonus is awarded if the project is completed within 80 percent of the contract date.

The board agreed to add 71 days to the contract, which would mean the contractor would have met the early completion date of the $4.9 million project. The project was declared substantially complete Nov. 7.

Stalnaker said the exact amount of the bonus is uncertain because the contract is based on quantity prices that are still being calculated.

The contractor, Georgia Asphalt, requested the change in the completion date. A letter from Allen Mason, the company’s general manager, stated the delay caused by the bridge redesign could have been overcome had it not been for the substantial rainfall that occurred last year.

The request points out Georgia Asphalt has been doing Houston road projects almost continuously since 2005 and has always made the early completion date when a bonus was offered. This is the first time the company requested an extension, the letter stated.

The project was funded by the 2006 special purpose local option sales tax.

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