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.

Kimberly Osborne


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This project has been a disgrace from beginning to end... well the end isn't even in sight. The City should have insisted on maintaining traffic on the Schifferstadt to Gas House Pike link throughout. The current rebuild of the 270 interchange with 85 and the recently completed rebuild of the 15 northbound bridge over 26 westbound show that with careful planning and management it is quite feasible to do complex construction around active traffic. Given the decision to close the road the least the City could have done was to insist on the contractor work the project hard with double shifts and weekend work. Instead we have City officials proclaiming themselves helpless. Hopeless I say.


And while we are talking about contractor incompetence, check out the Streetscape disasters in Middletown and Jefferson. Jefferson has seen the same section worked on, tore up, worked on, etc for 6 times so far. Other sections go in and then ripped back out agai. The corner at 180 and Old Middletown (always a problem) was made close to impassable by the sidewalk, tore out, and going back in again.


This project has been a joke


Who is laughing?


The contractor.


OK. I hope they need references to get more work.

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