INDOT denies $1.4M Wildcat Creek I-65 claim

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TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – Drivers dealt with a month’s worth of pain last summer when the Wildcat Creek Bridge on Interstate 65 closed the northbound lanes for miles.

News 18 has uncovered that it cost Walsh Construction more than $1.4 million to fix the issues, and the Indiana Department of Transportation has denied a request to pay for it.

In documents released to News 18, Walsh Construction made the request for payment in October, less than two months after the bridge reopened. The invoice spells out various costs including for items like temporary supports, monitoring and equipment downtime.

But INDOT spokesman Will Wingfield tells News 18 that Walsh did not demonstrate why it was a change of terms from the original bid which was signed after Walsh was awarded the contract.

“This did not sufficiently explain how there was a change in condition from the contract that was signed,” said Wingfield. “To understand that, you have to take a step back. This is a design-build contract. So Walsh Construction is responsible for not only building the project, but also designing the improvements on I-65 from State Road 38 to State Road 25.”

Wingfield adds Walsh can appeal the decision to INDOT’s Central Office but was not sure how long the company had to file an appeal.

He said this should not affect INDOT’s relationship with Walsh going forward.

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