COLLIER PARKWAY EXTENSION
The bonding company responsible for finding a replacement construction firm to finish the Collier Parkway extension to Parkway Boulevard has received 10 bids according to Pasco County Chief Project Manager Robert Shepherd.
WDG Construction Inc. was originally hired by Pasco to complete the project, but was fired in February in part because the project was behind schedule.
Shepherd said he expected the bonding company to make a recommendation on which company would finish the project soon, but gave no date. The project was originally scheduled for completion this spring.
The project was only about 40 percent complete when WDG was fired from the project. No additional county money will be needed to finish the project because all Pasco County projects require the company finishing the job to be bonded. The bonding company pays any additional costs greater than the original contract.
The county is planning to eventually extend Collier north to connect with Ehren Cutoff, but that project will not begin until 2015 at the earliest.
SR 54 WIDENING
The SR 54 widening project from I-75 to Curley Road in Wesley Chapel began March 29 and will last 21 months. The total price for construction, land purchases and moving utilities is $105.2 million, making it the most expensive road project in the history of Pasco County.
The project will make the road six-lanes wide along the 3.47-mile stretch of land. SR 54 is currently four lanes at the western end of the project zone and shrinks to two at Pointe Pleasant Boulevard near Heritage Ford. The project is being completed by Pepper Contracting Services, a Clearwater company.