Fri. Dec 6th, 2019

Last week the public learned that the I-4 Ultimate Project could be as much as nine months behind schedule.The Democrats who represent the districts where the construction is concentrated are asking why.WESH 2’s Kelly Rippin caught up with Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy to find out what they hope to achieve.”We need to know when is it going to be completed and how they are managing tax payer dollars in doing so,” Murphy said. The 21-mile stretch of the project runs directly through the districts represented by Murphy, Congresswoman Val Demings and Congressman Darren Soto.Last week, the contractor-generated progress report indicated the project would likely complete towards the end of 2021 as opposed to the agreed upon early 2021 deadline.FDOT says, “No time extensions or financial considerations have been granted,” and that the “contractor is being held to the terms of the contract.”The three representatives have requested to meet with the Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation to “mitigate these delays to the greatest extent feasible.””So you have to hold FDOT accountable in the implementations of changes on I-4,” Murphy said.The contractor sites multiple factors responsible for the delay, including the impacts of Hurricane Irma, foundation design flaws, a cracked bridge pier, and the delayed opening of a bridge.The tragic death of a construction worker also stopped work for a week.”The Florida Department of Transportation is reviewing communities from the Central Florida Delegation in reference to the members’ concerns about the I-4 Ultimate Project,” FDOT said.

ORLANDO, Fla. —

Last week the public learned that the I-4 Ultimate Project could be as much as nine months behind schedule.

The Democrats who represent the districts where the construction is concentrated are asking why.

WESH 2’s Kelly Rippin caught up with Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy to find out what they hope to achieve.

“We need to know when is it going to be completed and how they are managing tax payer dollars in doing so,” Murphy said.

The 21-mile stretch of the project runs directly through the districts represented by Murphy, Congresswoman Val Demings and Congressman Darren Soto.

Last week, the contractor-generated progress report indicated the project would likely complete towards the end of 2021 as opposed to the agreed upon early 2021 deadline.

FDOT says, “No time extensions or financial considerations have been granted,” and that the “contractor is being held to the terms of the contract.”

The three representatives have requested to meet with the Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation to “mitigate these delays to the greatest extent feasible.”

“So you have to hold FDOT accountable in the implementations of changes on I-4,” Murphy said.

The contractor sites multiple factors responsible for the delay, including the impacts of Hurricane Irma, foundation design flaws, a cracked bridge pier, and the delayed opening of a bridge.

The tragic death of a construction worker also stopped work for a week.

“The Florida Department of Transportation is reviewing comm

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