At long last, the Wellington underpass project will be absolutely, 100 percent, totally, completely done come July.
“They’re very close to finishing up,” said Crystal Neelon, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Transportation. “A lot of work is being done right now with grass seeding.”
According to ODOT, which is covering 90 percent of the costs, $13.4 million has been paid to date on the project on a contract totaling $14.1 million. Both ODOT and Wellington village manager Steve Pyles said there are no more delays expected.
“It’s probably going to be another three months before we know the final cost of the project,” said Pyles. “We placed what was estimated to pay our part of the bill in escrow and have set aside additional funds in our budget for overruns.”
ODOT made Wellington’s railroad crossing a priority in 2011 but construction was pushed back two years as the agency wrestled with a $1.5 billion budget shortage.
The project began in April 2013 and has been open to traffic since November, long after its initial completion target.
“The project was delayed by workers’ inability to get the poles to drive down to the base bedrock,” Pyles said. “That resulted in a number of months of delay and carrying the project into this year. There’s going to be costs associated with that delay. Some of those costs are still being negotiated by the Ohio Department of Transportation.”
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Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise Grass seeding work is being done at the underpass. Issues with pile driving last summer caused the project to continue in this year.