Many Shawnee residents have been frustrated by the apparent lack of progress on Independence Street, east of Harrison Street near Sequoyah Elementary School.
“I just don’t get why they are closing this street and that street for road work to just see equipment sitting there not used,” Angela Davis said.
Davis has been especially inconvenienced by the work on Independence Street as her daughter attends school at Sequoyah.
“Why can’t this be stuff be done in the summer?” Davis asked.
Under the contract between the city and All Roads Paving, the project should have been finished by Thursday, May 2.
Only a section of the project is left in front of the elementary school, City Engineer John Krywicki said.
The engineering department estimates that the remainder of the project will take seven or eight days, he added.
To ease traffic around the school, the contractor has been asked to wait until the school year ends before completing that section, Krywicki said.
Under the terms of the contract, the contractor was given 120 days to complete the project, and there is a built-in penalty for the contractor going over the deadline. The penalty could be as much as $1,000 per day past 120 days, according to the contract.
The intermission period between Friday, May 3 and May 20 will not be counted toward the 120 days, Krywicki said.
After the project resumes, the clock will begin again. The total days spent on the project will be tallied after the road is completely finished, he said.