The Inglis road builder hired by the county to resurface residential streets should be done by now, but has completed just 28% of the job, Citrus officials said Monday.
D.A.B. Constructors also is behind schedule on two state Department of Transportation projects on U.S. 19 in Homosassa and Crystal River, state officials said.
Citrus officials will meet with D.A.B. this week in preparation for a report to county commissioners on June 22, County Administrator Randy Oliver said in an email to a reporter.
D.A.B. vice president Foster Bachschmidt did not return a reporter's message to call for comment.
D.A.B. has a $3.4 million contract with the county to resurface portions of 159 residential roads. On May 12, it sent a letter to the county requesting a delay in the contract due to shortage of materials and labor. The county’s response is that it intended D.A.B. to stick to the contract schedule.
The “substantial completion” contract date was Monday, June 7. As of Friday, D.A.B. had completed just 28% of the work, Public Works Director Randall Olney said in an email to Oliver.
D.A.B. has multi-million dollar state contracts that are facing similar issues, including two in Citrus County:
* U.S. 19 widening in Homosassa is nearly a year past its completion date. FDOT has paid D.A.B. $29.2 million of a $31.8 million contract. FDOT says it is withholding money and assessing liquidated damages.
The project, scheduled for completion June 17, 2020, now should be complete by the end of summer, according to FDOT.
* U.S. 19 widening from Jump Court in Homosassa to Fort Island Trail in Crystal River, a $51.2 million contract, is scheduled for completion in February 2022. FDOT sent notices to D.A.B. in November 2020 threatening default if corrective action wasn’t taken, saying the project was falling more than a year behind schedule.
According to FDOT, the company hit milestones set by the state and now is on target to meet the completion date.
As with the notice to the county, D.A.B. sent similar notices to FDOT requesting delays on projects due to shortages in material or labor.
The company has agreed to not pursue any more state highway work at this time, FDOT spokeswoman Kristen Carson said.