City expected to fork over $290,000 in settlement

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Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014

Bobby Jones Expressway work
Bobby Jones Expressway is getting a makeover. The four-lane interstate is expanding to six lanes. (WRDW-TV / Aug. 10, 2012)

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The city of Augusta will pay $290,000 in a resolution with Pittman Construction, Co. after delays with preparing Bobby Jones Expressway for more construction.

The construction company filed a claim back in march of last year.

The project to widen Bobby Jones Expressway near Deans Bridge Road was set to finish at the end of June, but now isn't expected to be complete until Dec. 22.

Georgia DOT officials said weather is partly to blame for the longer construction. An unusual amount of rain, January's snow and February's ice all added to delays.

Along with weather problems, workers have also had to deal with problems with utilities. Georgia DOT says the Deans Bridge Road intersection has an old infrastructure, so the utility lines needed some extra attention.

Crews are getting rid of the cloverleaf design and adding extra traffic lights and lanes.

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