Bill to speed up construction projects fails

By: Stephanie Baker
By: Stephanie Baker

Construction on Fury's Ferry Road has been going on two years too long.

A Georgia representative introduced a bill to hold contractors accountable for late projects.

It didn't pass this legislative session.

Representative Ben Harbin's bill would have kept late contractors from bidding on new projects before finishing current ones.

The senate wanted to make some changes on the bill before approving it, but time ran out.

Orange barrels are a common sight for Fury's Ferry commuters.

"We're excited about freer traffic flow," says resident Eric Chou. He fights the construction traffic every day on his way home. He thought the bill was a good idea.

"If they spread themselves too thin it seems projects could carry on for a long time," Chou says.

Two years in this case. Reeves Construction got the bid for Fury's Ferry...and Rep. Harbin says his legislation would keep companies like that from taking on more than they could handle.

"People will see the projects moving faster," Harbin said. "If they do fall behind, they won't be able to bid."

The bill got held up in a committee and didn't pass this year. The Georgia Department of Transportation says they still think it's a good idea...they plan to pass their own regulations to keep construction moving.

Some people question whether the Fury's Ferry project will be done in time for the April deadline. We caught up with another contractor who says they've been working with Reeves for the past two months to help them get the job done.

"We're here to complete the project, to get it done a little quicker," says contractor Ryan Davis. Reeves brought in extra workers like Davis to get the project done by the end of April.

"It would be great if they could hurry it along," Chou says. He's ready for the construction to be cleared up now.

Representative Harbin says he expects his bill to pass next legislative session.

Reeves Construction said the work should be mostly done by the late April deadline, and that there may be some cleanup going into early May.

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