MassDOT withholding payments to Memorial Ave Rotary contractor

Construction work continues to be done past deadline

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – New information on the Memorial Avenue Rotary construction in West Springfield.

22News found out Wednesday MassDOT is withholding payments to the contractor working on the project. The goal was to have SPS New England finish rotary construction by the start of the Big E in September 2015, although the slated contract completion date was November 28th 2015. However, when work was not finished by that November date, MassDOT granted an extension to December 2015, because of unanticipated sidewalk work.

SPS New England failed to reach that deadline though, and are still working on the project. MassDOT confirmed construction crews made mistakes during the initial sidewalk work. Crews actually jack hammered up work they had done last month, and had to start over.

MassDOT said the work will be completed by the end of June. They explained that because the contractor has not met the deadline, they will not be paying them certain bonuses they would have received if they had finished on-time .

SPS New England has appealed that ruling. Now, both the state and the contractor are working to settle the payment issues.

We asked MassDOT exactly how much money is being withheld, and if the contractor will face any additional fines (According to the contract, SPS New England could be fined up to $2,400 a day, every day construction continues past deadline).  They did not have those answers at this time.

MassDOT also imposed a flat $90,000 late penalty on the contractor last November, but SPS New England appealed that. 22News followed up with MassDOT to see if that appeal was granted, or if the contractor was forced to pay up. As of Wednesday, they did not have those answers either.

22News will continue to follow this story.

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