By Mark Waite
Wulfenstein Construction was granted five change orders on the Blagg Road repair project raising the cost $57,083 and extending the contract through the end of August.
The original bid specifications called for the work to be carried out between April 16 and June 30.
Wulfenstein Construction was awarded a $2.36 million contract April 17 to remove and replace backfill for trench work on Blagg Road from Basin Avenue to 479 feet north of Adkisson Street. The change orders hike the cost to $2.4 million.
The bulk of the increased cost, $44,602, was blamed on repairing an unmarked, unknown, 15-inch irrigation line owned by the Pahrump Dairy breached on May 15 during normal excavation of the trench four feet below the surface.
A report from Wulfenstein said they performed due diligence before the construction to review any plans, USA dig alerts and planned to locate existing utility lines by potholing.
A dairy employee came to tell a construction crew flagger about the irrigation line after they were working in the area for a week and requested to speak to Bryan Wulfenstein, but was impatient and didn’t have time to wait.
Five minutes later, the crews hit the line and filled the trench with a mixture of water and manure. Two other irrigation lines have been identified by dairy workers that will be located by pot holding prior to excavation, Wulfenstein states.
Two change orders for $7,740 were added for prep work, repair work and installation of missing pipe zone material at two locations. Emergency road repairs for a failed trench at the intersection of Blagg Road and Irene Street will cost another $4,741.
Wulfenstein Construction was also awarded $16,059 for six change orders of the Highway 160 and Homestead Road improvement project. That was a $3.177 million project.
The change orders are for installing 96 feet of hand rail at the Maverik Store due to a difference in grade; removing a small section on the Maverik parking lot and bringing it into compliance for handicapped access; shortening a bracket and reinstalling traffic light poles; adjusting a fire hydrant, sewer manhole and phone box.
There is also a change order to reflect final installed quantities of material for $22,241, of which $6,181 is already budgeted in the contingency fund.