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Company wants paid for project's work stoppage

April 15, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — When contaminated soil was found under railroad tracks in Columbia City earlier this year, it brought to a grinding halt, progress on a sewer extension project planned by the city for some time.
The bureaucratic red tape involved with contacting the Indiana Department of Environmental Management was relatively painless, as government-involved procedures go.
It’s the delay and its effect on the contractor hired to do some of the work that may prove the most costly to local government entities.
Bowen Engineering is trying to have a change order, or additional charge above and beyond the original quoted price, to compensate what it says are costs related to the delay.
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