Citrus County’s popular neighborhood road resurfacing program has hit a speed bump.
D.A.B. Constructors Inc., which has a $3.4 million contract to resurface 159 residential roads, informed county officials this week that a lack of construction supplies and materials will mean a delay.
The county’s response: Complete the contract in time or face financial consequences.
Inglis-based D.A.B. has state contracts to widen U.S. 19 through Homosassa Springs into Crystal River, as well as road construction work in Pasco County.
D.A.B. won the road resurfacing bid over three other companies. The contract calls for resurfacing parts of 159 neighborhood roads.
The company notified Citrus County officials on May 12 that industry-wide shortages in aggregates, trucking services, materials and labor would delay its work, and requested a time extension.
Citrus officials declined, saying in a response that the shortages haven’t delayed other D.A.B. projects.
“Today is day 67 of 120 for this project,” the May 14 letter to D.A.B. from county engineering operations manager Charles Leazott reads. “To date, 18 of159 roads have been resurfaced.”
The letter states the project must be substantially completed by June 7 to avoid liquidated damages.
County Administrator Randy Oliver, in an email to commissioners explaining the D.A.B. letter, said other contractors have performed road work in Citrus County without delay.
“We believe this is the result of the contractor being tied up on other projects,” he wrote, adding it was unlikely D.A.B. would complete the contract “based on their performance to date.”
The only streets resurfaced by D.A.B. this year are in Floral City, with the last one — East Spanish Trail — on April 30, according to county records.
County Administrator Randy Oliver said the county expects D.A.B. to stick to the contract.
“The weather has been exceedingly good for paving,” he said in an interview. “I see they’re proceeding very well on U.S. 19. The road being done in Pasco County is moving along very well. We expect them to honor their commitment ... in a timely fashion.”