Reality Check: School Construction Delay
The big dig at the construction site for the new Issac Dickson Elementary School in Asheville has just gotten bigger. Workers have uncovered more debris, delaying the project's completion.
Workers continue to move, and sift through debris. Mostly wood, bricks and concrete, while the dirt piles grow bigger.
Larry James says the growing Issac Dickson project wiped out the trees behind his house. "But who wants to come out of their house and look at what's that, ten, fifteen feet dirt pile every day until they get through with the project," he says.
School officials say construction on the first phase is moving ahead, but work on two additional wings is on hold because of the big dig. "The new debris, this unexpected debris, is underneath the road that we use for parent drop off and it's just not safe to leave it there," says Charlie Glazner with Asheville City Schools.
That road is now being torn up, to remove what they hope is the last of it. Neighbors just want the expanding project to be over. "Even the church right now doesn't have any parking space, they've got trash cans there," says James.
But that won't happen right away, as the mounds of debris have now caused a delay. "So it's quite a bit. I can't give you the number of yards but it's extending the time that it takes to prepare the site by months actually," says Glazner.
Officials say some of the $3.1 million added to the cost will come from a contingency fund set up for project. But that $1.3 million won't be enough, so school officials will have to decide on where to get the rest.
The opening of Issac Dickson has now been pushed back from next summer to January of 2016.
By: Frank Fraboni
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