Although ODOT originally gave Granite Construction only a ten day window during which they could respond to ODOT’s demand that they come up with a reworked design for certain segments of the Highway 20 upgrade project, ODOT extended its deadline another ten days. So now the deadline is April 11th.
The pricey project has been slogged down in the mud on more than one level. When it was determined that the project’s bridges, to straighten out Highway 20 through the Pioneer Mountain area, were moving, Granite claimed that it was no fault of their own that the project would cost a lot more money to build. ODOT contends the extra cost should have to be eaten by Granite in that it was their design that was relied on to build the project. However, Granite contends the geological conditions along that stretch of the project were not known, nor could have been forecasted which amounts, in their opinion, to an act of God. And that their contract with ODOT does not require Granite to cover acts of God.
ODOT disagrees. Neither side is budging. ODOT continues to have no comment other than to say that they expect Granite to honor their construction contract with ODOT and that Granite has until April 11th to come up with a solution.