Highland city officials say a cable company’s failure to relocate its lines has a road project months behind schedule, though the company claims it was only given notice a couple weeks ago.
City Manager Mark Latham was noticeably upset last week with Charter Communications, which has lines along Sportsman Road that are standing in the way of a project there.
“Every other utility has been off the utility poles for seven weeks, except for Charter,” Latham said on Thursday of last week. “All of the utilities were asked to remove and bury their lines by June 1.”
The proposed improvements to Sportman Road from Nagel Drive to Koepfli Lane are to include the construction of new concrete pavement with bike lanes, concrete curb and gutter, storm sewer, sidewalk and a shared-use path.
On Monday, a Charter spokesperson said he expects the company’s lines to be moved by Sept. 11.
“The power company notified Charter approximately 17 days ago of the completion of their portion of the project, which comes first,” Wes Shirley said. “As with any situation requiring the relocation of Charter lines, we provide 14-day notice to our commercial customers to let them know about any possible service impact from the project.”
Gary Prough, a project manager with Baxmyer Co., said on Friday he expected his workers will begin in the next week or two.
“I have spoken with Charter,” he said. “They indicated in our conversation that they will be on site shortly.”
But Prough called the delay “not unusual.”
“Every project has (some sort of ) utility delay,” he said.
Prough said the delay might result in the project being broken up into two phases.
In phase one, Baxmeyer plans to start paving the road, until it gets too cool for the concrete to properly set. Concrete sets much slower in cold weather.
“That is usually in the middle of November,” he said.