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Concern increases for LaRoche Avenue project

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The LaRoche Avenue construction project is now fully underway, crews are replacing a deteriorating culvert, but there is some concern about the projects progress.

Despite the project being on time and on budget, some of the commissioners worry the contractors are not being as productive as possible

"They're not working on this five days a week. They're taking a lot of time off. They're having traffic redirected. We're in the middle of storm season. And for the life of me, I don't know why we give a contractor that much leeway," Helen said. 

Strong concern voiced Tuesday morning by Chatham County commissioners was that the LaRoche Avenue construction project is not using time efficiently, despite the fact that the county engineers said the project is actually on schedule.

"We cannot incentivize a contractor to get done any earlier. Or how to do his business. We only have the leverage to penalize the contractor if he exceeds his time on the construction project," Davenport said.

Crews were given about nine months to replace a deteriorating culvert on the road, but some commissioners said they themselves have witnessed days when workers are not present. Given the continuous congestion complaints and the concern that this takes up an evacuation route during the heart of hurricane season, they want the project moving along faster.

"I understand that safety must come first my question is the timeline and what we can do to expedite it," Helen said.

While the project has caused a headache for many commuters, nearby residents said they see the crew being thorough and working hard

"They're working hard. I see them there almost every day. Sometimes they start at 7 a.m. and stay until 6 to 7 p.m.," one resident said.

The county engineer said everything is running on time.

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