More time needed for WL lift station

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A West Lafayette project, which will finish about a year behind schedule, has a new charge of about $200,000.

The North Side Regional Lift Station is already several months behind schedule. On Tuesday, the West Lafayette Board of Works approved a contract amendment to keep inspectors at the site until the end of August, which the contractor said will be the end date of the project.

City Engineer Dave Buck said since the project is so far behind, it’s important to keep inspectors at the site to make sure work is moving. The extension will cost $198,000.

If the city has to pay the $198,000, they can do so with the money they have withheld from the contractor RL Turner.

“The contract does provide provisions that we can collect damages,” Buck said. “Certainly extra inspection services to watch over construction, we feel is something that can qualify as a damage. One way or another we are going to withhold enough to cover this additional time.”

Buck said once the project is finished the city will get with the contractor to finalize payments.

The North Side Regional Lift Station will provide sewer services to an area north of the Purdue Research Park, which the city is planning to develop.

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