I live very near one side of this project and work very near the other side. I pass the work site twice each workday. I can tell you that the information in the article was just a confirmation of what I have observed since this project started. Heavy equipment sits unmoved in the same spot for months and months and months. Construction materials sit piled in the same spot for months and months and months. No more than a handful of people appear to be working at the site at any one time, and there has been no visible progress in a year. It is as if no work is actually taking place.
City staff are insulting citizens by calling this project an inconvenience. It is closer to devastating for residents on this side of the city and to businesses in this area. The effect has radiated out far beyond the city limits.
This project has been a failure at every level — initial plan development, vendor selection, contracting, execution and oversight. What were the project milestones? Who was responsible for oversight? What were the penalties and rewards for Milani in the contract? Why is Milani not out there seven days a week since they are so behind? Why are they not bringing in more workers?
If the mayor and Board of Aldermen want any votes from residents of this side of the city in 2021, we need to see this rectified. We are 22 months into an 18-month project. Unacceptable!
Frederick News-Post, you need to report on the details of the contract terms. FOIA if necessary. There is a bigger story about governmental incompetence here. Thank you.