City Council to consider $567,000 more for Factory Street project

Construction continues Wednesday morning on Factory Street in Watertown. Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

Construction continues Wednesday morning on Factory Street in Watertown. Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

Some miscalculations on the scope of work for the $12.9 million Factory Street reconstruction project will drive up its cost more than $567,000.

City Engineer Justin L. Wood notified City Council members that they will be asked to approve a $567,717.22 change order for work associated with this construction season. The project will now cost $13.5 million.

They already gave the go-ahead for nearly $166,000 in change orders for work completed last construction season on the road reconstruction. With a project of this magnitude, City Engineer Justin L. Wood said “major change orders” are bound to happen, saying they occur “because of the nature of the work.”

In a memo, Mr. Wood explained “the cost increases are again a combination of varied field conditions, quantity of overruns and added scope of work.”

Calculations were off on the amount of water main piping needed, trenches dug, disposal of contaminated soil and the quantity of stone that will be used as backfill at the construction site, he said.

It will cost $183,000 more for the costs associated with removing contaminated soil alone, he said.

After going through a long, complex list of items known as “quantities,” the project’s construction manager, Barton & Loguidice PC., Syracuse, determined that Aecom, the Latham engineering firm that designed the project, underestimated the amount of work and its cost, Mr. Wood said.

The city and the general contractor, CCI Companies, Canastota, then renegotiated the amount of the change order “to make it fair for them and for the city,” he said.

Asked about the cost going up earlier this week, Mayor Joseph M. Butler Jr. was not optimistic whether it would be the last change order.

“There’ll be more,” he said.

Since the work began again after the winter, Mr. Wood said CCI crews found more rock that they’ve had to excavate all along the construction site.

The reconstruction — a half-mile section of Factory Street from Mill Street to Huntington Street — won’t be completely finished until the spring of 2017.

The project is about 40 percent finished.

The road redo includes replacing the sidewalks and curbing and finishing the asphalt base lining this fall. The remainder of the work would be done next construction season.

By Craig Fox, Watertown Daily Times