The Little Freeway That Couldn’t

The Times reports that OCTA has finally fined the road builders on the 22 widening project for their tardiness. The fine really should have come months ago. Proof that the builders aren’t the only ones taking their sweet time. Still, it’s a step in the right direction. Praise be to Bacchus for finally making someone accountable.

That being said, I’d rather them just hurry up and finish the job rather than all this fining and whining about who didn’t get what done at what time. Here’s a unique suggestion: How about all involved (or devolved) parties just stop arguing and start working! Seriously, I drive the 22 on occasion and no matter what time of day it is, there appears to be absolutely nothing going on.

2 Comments so far

  1. Miles (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2007 @ 9:43 am

    First, let’s name names. the contractor in question is actually a joint venture team Granite-Myers-Rados comprised of Granit Construction Company (“one of the nation’s largest heavy civil contractors”), C.C. Myers, Inc., and Steve P. Rados, Inc. These are not two bit players in the heavy construction industry. They know what they’re doing — or should — so the delays are just that much more annoying.

    Second, let’s talk context: $390,000,000. The penalty — $50,000 a day — may sound like a lot but it is 0.01% of the total project price. The contractor has argued that the fine should be only $5,000 a day — but I don’t think $5,000 a day (or 0.001% of the total project price) would get their attention.

    So here’s an alternative plan that might work: starting tomorrow require that the project managers (both contractor and OCTA) roll up their sleeves, don a safety vest, and spend a minimum of 40 hours a week actually on site and focused. Pick up a shovel, boys, and lend a hand here. Give ’em two weeks, them pull their managers on site to “help out.” and then their managers. I suspect the project would be done and cone gone long before Arthur Leahy (OCTA CEO), William Dorey (Granite Construction CEO), Clinton Myers (C.C. Myers CEO), or the Rados brothers (Co-Presidents of Steve P. Rados, Inc.) have to get their boots dirty.

    Just a thought.

  2. Jon (unregistered) on February 25th, 2007 @ 6:07 am

    That is an excellent idea! It makes me feel all giggly and happy inside.

    I think these fools are not on time because historically they learned they don’t have to be. Our government has a rich history of paying contractors even though they are not doing their jobs. Hopefully this little fine and bout of bad publicity will teach them something.

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