Progress could soon be coming to the highly-traveled Winchester Road.
“As everybody knows, Winchester Road is a major thoroughfare in Madison County, and so we need this project done sooner rather than later," said Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong.
At Wednesday’s meeting, updates were given on the contracts surrounding construction on the busy road, but does it mean we’ll see less congestion any time soon?
It's still unclear when Winchester Road will be widened, but WAAY 31 learned that the county commission is doing what they can to speed up the process on these ongoing projects--something many Madison County residents are happy to hear.
“When we travel in the mornings, it’s so congested and there’s a lot of wrecks," said Ezell Erskine.
Erskine lives and works on Winchester Road, so he knows the kind of headache it can cause at all times of the day.
“At 5:00 in the afternoon, it’s very, very backed up," said Erskine. "You’ll be backed up all the way to Moore’s Mill.”
That’s why Erskine wants something done soon.
“I think we need two lanes on each side, because this is a very, very busy street," he said.
That street was, in fact, a topic of discussion at the Madison County Commission meeting Wednesday morning, but it’s unclear exactly when the widening project will be completed.
The commission, however, did approve to extend their existing contract with Garver Engineering regarding a bridge’s replacement on Winchester Road.
That extension was needed as a result of delays caused by the contractor.
"We did have one little situation there where one of the concrete girders that was built had to be redone," said Strong.
The contractor is being charged $3900 for each workday that they’re late.
“This project has not been completed in that timely process, so we will be getting our money refunded is what we believe.," Strong said.
Those who travel Winchester Road every day say this shouldn’t have even be an issue in the first place.
“I don’t understand why it’s taking this long," Erskine said. "This project should’ve already been done.”
Right now, county commission officials tell WAAY 31 it’s looking like the contractor is going to be responsible for about $122,000 dollars worth of liquidated damages, and that must be paid at the end of the construction.
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