Williston, ND (KEYZ) A possible blow to the construction schedule for Williston’s new airport this afternoon, as City Commissioners fire the taxi way contractor, J.M. Marshuetz, during an emergency meeting, for breach of contract. Airport director Anthony Dudas tells News Radio, Marschuetz demanded more money to keep the original completion date of November 2018, or else it wouldn’t be able to finish the job until less than a month before the airport is scheduled to open.
“J.M. Marschuetz stated that they would need additional funding to meet our original contracted completion date of November 15th of 2018 to complete the taxiway, and if we were not able to provide that ‘acceleration costs’ they would not be able to complete the project until September 15th of 2019, and that is in breach of contract,” says Dudas.
Dudas believes the original opening date of October 10th can be met, but they have to work fast. “That is something we are working towards right now we will need to contact the next apparent low bidder and that is something that administrator David Tuan is working on with our project team,” says Dudas.
Following FAA guidelines, the city now has to move to the next in line bidder to see if they can step into the breach and not only complete the job, but finish it on time; however if it can’t, the next available window for a grand opening wont be until Spring 2020.