Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Grand Island Bridge

I'll bet you there were lots of unhappy motorists today in Grand Island. From what I hear, the afternoon commute is no picnic either. They are fining the contractors $125,000 for each day of this nonsense. I'm glad I live South of downtown. What a nightmare...

Contractor faces $125,000 fine for South Grand Island Bridge delays

A contractor working to replace the deck of the northbound South Grand Island Bridge faces a $125,000 fine for delays in reopening the bridge to traffic today.
Thomas Pericak, director of the Buffalo Division of the New York Thruway Authority, said a series of problems during the overnight construction work caused the bridge to remain closed this morning past a 6 a.m. deadline.
The bridge is now slated to reopen at about 4 p.m., Pericak said.
Contractor American Bridge Co. faces a fine of $500 per minute for the first 30 minutes past 6 a.m. that the bridge remains closed. After that, the fine increases to $1,000 per minute, but maxes out at $125,000 per day under its contract, Pericak said.

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