According to this article in Thisweek, Burnsville will be rewarding the construction company working on updating Burnsville Parkway a $100,000 bonus because, “the heavy construction is over, all lanes are reopened and the drive is now smooth as glass.” Well according to one reader and also one Star Tribune reporter that’s certainly not the case at all.
Listen, I’m all for bonuses which expedite construction projects in busy areas. Even as a fiscal conservative that sort of thing makes total sense. You have to look a problem from many angles including the damage it does to the businesses along a route which is under construction. Hard to collect tax dollars from businesses which are closed due to overruns right? Right. I would have totally been behind the $100,000 bonus if the company had actually met the requirements of the bonus. Unfortunately while Thisweek claims the company has and goes on to say that all lanes have been opened as of August 7th, it’s just a flat out lie:
The company promised to have all lanes reopened in 65 working days, Peterson said. Alda reached that point in 53 working days, on Aug. 7, qualifying for a $10,000 bonus for each working day ahead of schedule.
Now, as you can see from the mobile phone photo taken on September 5th (30 days later) displayed at the top of this post, all lanes of Burnsville Parkway are certainly not open and thus in no way did the construction company make the minimum requirements as mentioned in the Thisweek article. If Burnsville Parkway still has to have two lanes closed (both of the eastbound lanes are closed at Nicollet as you can see above) to do any sort of work on that stretch of road then the City should not have ever have agreed that the job was done enough to grant a $100,000 bonus. If you’re going to make a bonus for a quick end to construction then it better be completed in such a way that the road will not need to be closed during any time to finish the job. I mean, it’s great and all that Thisweek chose to stuff the article with a picture of a closed BP station but perhaps they should have gone out and taken a photo of the actual roadway in question before they decided to publish such a ridiculous article.
What do you think about this “early completion bonus” and the clear fact that the roadway is not in any way, shape, or form complete enough to actually receive it? Do you think the City should have handed over the money when the company still has to close an entire side of the roadway to do work on it? Should Thisweek have done more to check out Burnsville Parkway? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.