Ahead of time and under budget is the construction project ideal. Late and under budget is still fine. Late and over budget is not so good.
The Illinois 15 bridge project southeast of downtown Belleville is at least $6 million over budget and two years late. That’s a 42-percent cost overrun and double the promised time.
Now they are promising completion by August. Anyone holding their breath?
The time delay isn’t a mystery to any drivers who have passed through the construction zone during the past four years. It usually looked like a ghost town with no discernible progress.
“We will be seeking reimbursement due to errors committed by our design consultant and are confident we will be successful doing so,” said IDOT spokeswoman Kelsea Gurski.
The Illinois 15 bridges were designed by STV Inc., which was paid more than $667,000. No one from the firm returned a call to comment.
Silence is understandable.
Making $6 million worth of mistakes is less so.