After a weeks-long delay caused by both bad weather and withdrawal of the general contractor from the project, work has resumed on South Depot Street, a million-dollar storm water and repaving effort between East First and Halsey on Maryville's east side.
Meeting in special session Thursday, the City Council unanimously passed an ordinance naming White Cloud Engineering & Construction as the new general contractor and officially relieving Loch Sand & Construction of its original obligation to oversee the project.
Councilman Jeff Funston, a former White Cloud employee, did not attend the meeting, citing conflict of interest.
Essentially the new pact allows the two local firms to exchange places, meaning that Loch has assumed White Cloud's earlier role as a subcontractor.
Now that a new contract is in place, Loch will have no further liability with regard to remaining work, though the company is still responsible for the part of the job already completed, consisting mostly of underground infrastructure.
City Manager Greg McDanel said about 70 percent of the project remains unfinished, including installation of a concrete driving surface lined with new curbs and gutters. In dollar terms, that means about $800,000 of the reconstruction's $1.1 million budget is unspent.
When construction began last year, the city was hoping the new section of Depot would be complete about now. But that was before Loch notified municipal officials it would be unable to finish the job, reportedly due to bonding issues.
The notification coincided with a winterish spring that combined snow with heavy rainfall. City Manager Greg McDanel said Thursday that moving the project forward under those conditions would have been difficult in any event, even if Loch had been able to stay aboard as general contractor.
Mayor Jim Fall said Loch's withdrawal had created "a very uncomfortable situation" for the city but commended both companies for acting in "good faith" to get the project back on track.
McDanel called the new arrangement, which allows crews from both White Cloud and Loch to resume work more or less where they left off, the "best route to timely project completion and in the best interest of the public."
Dirt work near the Halsey intersection resumed Friday, and White Cloud owner Brock Pfost said full-scale operations would start today.
Substantial completion of the rebuild is now expected by July 22 with final acceptance of the street by the city scheduled for Aug. 12.