Schuylkill Expressway drivers will be forced to endure another season of construction delays next year in the Vine Street interchange area, according to PennDOT officials.
PennDOT district engineer Robert L. Rowland said today that the contractor working in that area this year is 10 weeks behind schedule on the job. That, said Rowland, means the contractor will be returning to the interchange area next year to finish the job.
The contractor, a joint venture of Morrison-Knudsen Corp. of Boise, Idaho, and Slattery Associates Inc. of Maspeth, N.Y., faces a penalty of approximately $5 million for failing to meet the scheduled timetable. Rowland, at a press conference, said the original contract for the job was for $49.5 million.