Contractor, City of Tyler respond to residents’ concerns with ongoing construction

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Published: Jun. 2, 2022 at 5:59 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 2, 2022 at 8:31 PM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Community leader Veronica Hernandez has led neighborhood meetings about the inconvenience and property damage construction has caused residents of Melinda Lane in Tyler.

Now the contractor of the construction project and the city have spoken out about the cause of the delays.

“Getting all parties to agree has been an issue; it has strung out multiple change orders, added time to the project frustration to the homeowners and, you know, hurting our reputation,” says Bradlee Smith, vice president of the construction company.

Smith sat down and spoke to Hernandez.

“What I was understanding from that meeting is that they are waiting to get answers from the engineers, but the part that’s also confusing is that engineers are saying they are waiting on the construction company,” said Hernandez

A lack of communication, rising costs due to inflation, and weather delays are the main reasons Smith says there are delays.

The City of Tyler responded in a statement saying in part, “The 270 days in the original contract includes some time for delays due to weather and the City added an additional 45 days to the contract for weather delays that were above and beyond those included in the original contract…”

Hernandez says the community feels like they have been given the run around and feels a little bit of relief to know what’s going on behind the delays.

“It does make us say, ‘oh ok there’s other people behind this, too,’ but we would also want transparency with them to at least talk to the community and say, ‘this is why,’” Hernandez says.

Bradlee Smith says he is planning to have a meeting with the community regarding property damage.

“We’re here to get the project done, here to take care of the homeowners. Without you guys, we wouldn’t be there. This is their tax dollars that we’re spending. We want everybody to be happy. Got a complaint, make a phone call,” says Smith.

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