Monday, January 4, 2016

Will Slow Progress Of America's Biggest Boondoggle Result In Contract Default?

A couple weeks ago I saw that which you see here from the Austin American-Statesman, via Facebook, and forgot about it til this morning.

The text you see above the photo of a construction mess....

Frustrated with slow progress on the North MoPac Boulevard expansion project, the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority on Thursday notified its contractor, CH2M, that it considers the company in default of the $136 million contract to add a toll lane to each side of the 11.2-mile stretch of the highway.

I read the above and it got me wondering about America's Biggest Boondoggle's slow motion construction of three simple bridges, over dry land, connecting Fort Worth's mainland to an imaginary island.

Who got the contract to slowly construct The Boondoggle's bridges?

Why would a legit construction contractor commit to building bridges in slow motion?

Was there a competitive bidding process to award The Boondoggle's bridge building contract?

Was The Boondoggle's bridge building contractor given any sort of incentive to speed up the building process, like the incentives that were given to speed up the Grapevine Funnel Project and the I-121 upgrade? Both of which cost billions and were finished ahead of schedule.

I have seen with my own eyes the fact that Fort Worth can manage to have big public works projects built quickly and efficiently. Such as the ongoing upgrade to East 1st Street and Randol Mill Road. This project began last April. The project is nearing completion, with three bridges, one of which spans the Trinity River, with water flowing beneath the new bridge under construction over the Trinity River.

That new bridge over the Trinity River,  located on the north side of Gateway Park, has big piers already built, ready for the road bed. No fuss has been made about those new bridge piers rising out of the Trinity River near  Gateway Park,  unlike the bizarre fuss made by The Boondoggle over its pitiful wooden V pier forms being a product of The Boondoggle one could actually see.

I blogged about The Boondoggle's V Pier fuss in Beautiful Fort Worth V Piers The Likes Of Which The World Has Never Seen.

I blogged about the East 1st Street/Randol Mill Road road and bridge project in Looking Close At A Non-Boondoggle Fort Worth Bridge Project.

So, does anyone know what the deal is with the contractor contracted to construct The Boondoggle's three simple bridges over dry land? Why would a contractor agree to take longer to build those three bridges than what it took to build an actual feat of bridge building, like the Golden Gate Bridge, and many other bridges, detailed on this blog, which took four years, or  less, to build.

Why would a legit contractor allow itself to get tied down by a slow motion, under-funded project?

Who is the contractor slowly building The Boondoggle's three simple bridges?

1 comment:

Elbertt Elmerr said...

Fearless Leader scoffs at your facts and figures. Click to enlarge if you have the stomach for it.