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Delays add to plant expansion costs
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Forsyth County News

The expansion of Forsyth County’s water treatment plant is about three months behind schedule.

Barry Lucas, deputy director of water and sewer, said the delay will result in an additional $151,000 on the project to hired project manager CH2MHill.

The contractor, Garney Construction, is working more than 100 days past the scheduled completion date of April 2 to have the project substantially completed and ready for testing early next month, Lucas said.

Officials have attributed the delays to unforeseen technical issues.

The change was discussed at a Monday meeting of the water and sewer committee, which includes County Commissioners Patrick Bell and Brian Tam.

The extension was “reviewed thoroughly,” and not atypical for large construction projects, Lucas said.

Water director Tim Perkins said the county was aware in November that Garney wouldn’t meet the deadline.

“On a good note, if there is one, they were about $1 million lower on construction bids when they came in,” Perkins said. “Even with this time extension, we’ll still be about $1 million less than the other bidders.”

The county plans to have a ceremony and officially open the larger facility possibly in September, he said.