The report explains two different methods of drill shafts that were attempted and failed, while a third method was successful. It’s common in construction to test for the right method to support elevated road and bridges.
FDOT maintains the project is on time and on budget, that no time extension or financial considerations have been granted to the contractor, and that it is still reviewing the request for both.
“While the claim is being reviewed, construction activities are continuing and the contractor is being held to the terms of the contract with the original completion dates set forth in the agreement,” FDOT said in a statement. “The report is not the driver or final say in the department’s decision to approve or reject the concessionaire’s request for additional time.”
“Here in Central Florida it is inevitable when you drill these kinds of things in places we haven’t drilled before you are going to have surprises,” said financial expert Joe Bert.