HESPERIA — The old adage, "It ain't over 'til it's over," may apply to a recently "completed" paving project that caused major traffic congestion and delays last year.
Hesperia Director of Development Services Michael Blay told the City Council the city's annual paving project on Main Street, between Oakwood and La Junta avenues, may look striped and completed, but it's far from that.
Blay told the Council last week the work done on the portion of Main Street is "very uneven," with the city "disputing the quality" of the work completed by the contractor.
Hesperia spokeswoman Rachel Molina told the Daily Press Wednesday that contractor Hardy & Harper agreed to rehab the portion of Main Street per the city's request, with work slated to begin in April.
The Council awarded the construction contract to Hardy & Harper last June for nearly $1.7 million with a 10 percent contingency, according to staff reports.
Molina said the final cost of the project came in at almost $1.2 million, with no cost to the city for the upcoming rehab project.
"They offered a solution that was less desirable for the city and we're holding out for a more significant solution, which is grinding and repaving, which they are reluctant to do," Blay told the Council. "But again, we're holding back some funds — financial resources — from the contractor and hoping to resolve it."
Harper & Handy have completed several projects for the city, including the removal and replacement of asphalt on Eight Avenue between Main Street and Orange Street, which was completed in 2015.
From the end of August to Thanksgiving last year, traffic along the portion of Main Street between Oakwood and La Junta was often backed up as lanes were closed for the paving project.
The situation was exacerbated by contractors with Frontier Communications who bore across Main Street to install a new communication line, and frustrated commuters complained of traffic delays and having to take congested alternate routes during last year's project.
"I'm glad they're redoing the area," Mayor Pro Tem Russ Blewett told the Daily Press. "I think Main Street as a whole is in terrible condition and we're trying to scrounge up enough money to fix it."
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