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It's been almost a year since construction began on the east side of Feagin Mill Road in Houston County.

The project was supposed to be finished by March of next year, but as 13WMAZ's Jennifer Moulliet found out, weather among other things has dealt crews a few setbacks.

"They have fallen behind schedule approximately 180 days," explains Director of Operations Robbie Dunbar. He says the set backs are due to several days of inclement weather conditions and problems moving utility wires.

Some residents living on Feagin Mill Road didn't want to go on camera, but did say there have been times where they've lost cable because of construction on the road.

Dunbar says "The telecommunication lines were entangled in the stumps so the telecommunications lines had to be relocated, new facilities built, new service drops cut in before the old one could be abandoned."

Houston County Commissioner Chair Tommy Stalnaker says this $3.2 million project is one of the toughest on their list of projects funded by the 2001 Special Local Option Sales Tax.

"Its' a very difficult project that is being done. You didn't have the level of development on the west side of Houston Lake Road like you do on the east side," says Stalnaker.

"We didn't have as many conflicts with utilities and we didn't have as many conflicts with landscaping and yards and we had a lot more existing right-of-way before we started the project," explains Dunbar.

Acquiring the property from homeowners to expand the road was tough, but he says they settled for eighty feet of road instead of the usual one hundred feet for a three lane road.

There also only putting in sidewalks on the south side of the road, because the north side was too steep, and would require several driveways to be re-routed.

Dunbar says hopefully a drier spring and summer will help them get back on track.

Chairman Stalnaker says they overestimate the contract time to allow make up days for circumstances like weather, but says they give the contractors an incentive if they finish early.

The original contract end date on March 15, 2015 still stands.


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