GAC receives extension on water line project

PSJ City

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Tim Croft | The Star
Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 12:06 PM.

During last Tuesday’s meeting of the Port St. Joe City Commission, Andrew Rowell of GAC Contractors came before the group to discuss the delays that have plagued the replacement and testing of water lines along Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

The project, expected to take a maximum of 120 days reached that deadline July 3 and Rowell sought a 30-day extension from commissioners.

Rowell said his crews were late getting started on the project and he had a hard time finding available workers, especially with the construction along State 30A happening simultaneously. Rowell said it was difficult to find anyone willing to work a 1-2 month long project only to be laid off once complete.

“I haven’t been impressed at all with what’s going on over there,” said Commissioner William Thursbay.

Rowell said that testing the pipes has been time-consuming and crews wouldn’t pour concrete until testing was complete, for fear of having to dig it back up. GAC currently has a 10-person crew and are bringing in small crews of 3-5 workers to finish the storm water pipes.

Thursbay passed a motion to grant the extension with the new completion date set for Aug. 3.

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