Greene Street Bridge more than $1 million over budget

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on November 25, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 8:41 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--City of Spokane leaders confirmed Monday construction on the Greene Street Bridge is over budget.

The City will need about $1 million to finish the project. City leaders defended the estimate and said the work done on the Greene Street Bridge is necessary even if it will cost more money. They also said the cost is still cheaper than other bids they received for the project.

Construction on the Greene Street Bridge started in September and was set to finish in November. The project will help the bridge last longer and let more large truck loads cross.

"It was an absolute that we needed to fix this so we need to do that, we needed to look at this,” said Mayor David Condon.

City leaders admit they need to spend more money to complete the project. The Mayor said it is still important to get the work done on the bridge.

"The key is that we get it done right so in this case we had the overages, we do have in our budgets have reserves for such cases,” said Condon.

David Evans and Associates was a consultant on the project. The initial estimate was $670,000 but the winning bid for the project came out to almost $1.2 million. Now the City said it will need almost $1 million more to complete the improvements.

The Mayor said the City is looking into its relationship with the consulting firm.

"We're reviewing all that and whether it has implications on their eligibility to rebid projects,” said Condon.

David Evans and Associates had a smaller role in another project back in 2010. The companies involved in that project had to pay a settlement to the City because of faulty work. David Evans and Associates paid a portion of that amount.

City leaders said the firm also helped with work in 2012 on the Monroe Street Bridge. The same consulting firm had a lead role in that project and it finished under budget.

City staff said they are working together with David Evans and Associates to resolve the issue.

KREM 2 News reached out to David Evans and Associates but were unable to talk to someone familiar with the project.

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