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Completion date for project extended

December 5, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - The Common Council on Monday extended the contractor's final completion date for the North Perry Street bridge replacement project until June 15, although the bridge already is open to traffic.

The council voted at City Hall to extend the completion date of the contract for D.H. Smith Company Inc. of Clayville, Oneida County, until that date.

City Engineer Chandra Cotter said all work was to be completed by Oct. 26, but there remains a little bit of work to be done in the spring. She said the company requested the extension. The bridge was opened to traffic in November, concluding a project that started in the spring.

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The new North Perry Street bridge in Johnstown is shown this morning.
The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan

"The extension date is a worst case scenario date," Cotter said. "They have two weeks of work left. It's all weather pending."

She said the city will seek reimbursement for additional costs and services needed to complete the bridge project.

She predicted D.H. Smith Company possibly will do the remaining work in April, but there is a buffer of time until June 15.

Local officials decided to replace the 30-foot-long bridge over the Cayadutta Creek after the state Department of Transportation in 2008 red-flagged what was a deteriorating stone-arch structure located between Smith and Washington streets.

Bids were opened in March, and D.H. Smith was paid $1.83 million for its work. Other costs have pushed the total project cost to about $2.4 million. Federal Highway Administration money is paying for 80 percent of the project and DOT is paying 15 percent. The city's share is estimated at about $100,000.

The council passed two resolutions Monday, the first being the main one to extend bridge completion for D.H. Smith until June 15.

The second resolution, recommended by Cotter, was to retain Aecom Technical Services Northeast Inc. of Latham to perform professional engineering and design services associated with the continuation of the project. Aecom also did engineering for the rest of the project.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at



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