Good Question: What's the delay on Broad Street?

September 19, 2017 06:12 AM

It's a road construction project in downtown Rochester that was supposed to be completed two months ago, but we found out it still has a ways to go and is costing taxpayers more money than expected.

In downtown Rochester these days, there is a sea of orange. Orange signs, cones and road construction trucks.

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"We’ve got a lot of construction going on," said one driver.

Some people view it as a sign of progress. Others say it's making driving around downtown very difficult and time consuming in a city not used to heavy traffic.

One trouble area, the Broad Street Bridge, which has been under construction for more than a year and a half.

"It bottlenecks, gets down to a lane or two at rush hour," a driver told us.

"It's very frustrating because a lot of traffic comes this way," said another driver.

Crews have been working on improving the structure of the bridge. Engineers are working to make the bridge more solid. Road crews are also resurfacing the roadway, putting in new sidewalks, the works. 

The project was supposed to be done in July. In fact, the city's website still has that completion date listed. The new target date is now at least October. Patrick Flanigan, a spokesperson for the city, said workers found more issues than expected and that is causing the delay. 

The delay also means an increase in construction costs. The original bid for the entire project was $4.3 million. The projected new cost because of the delay is around $4.9 million - that's a difference of $590,091.


Pat Taney

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