Work on the Willow Road project in Nipomo hit a $327,000 snag over the winter, mostly due to “unanticipated soil conditions” that led the contractor to bring in 20,000 cubic yards of extra soil, according to a county staff report.The Board of Supervisors last month approved the $327,000 cost overrun, which will come from local, state and federal sources of taxpayer money.
In its original contract with Raminha Construction Co., awarded in April 2010, the county built in a 10 percent contingency on top of the original contract award of $4,029,075. That was “to address unforeseen conditions that inevitably occur during construction.”
They added an additional $100,000 to cover expenses “associated with traffic control” and compensate for future asphalt costs related to oil prices.
That brought the contract to $4,529,075.
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The $327,000 is in addition to that.
The money goes to Phase 1 of the Willow Road extension project, which eventually will open up the Nipomo Mesa and the coast to easier access from Highway 101.