Part of I-787 repair requires do-over

Posted at: 10/16/2013 3:37 PM
Updated at: 10/16/2013 4:13 PM
By: Bill Lambdin

ALBANY - Recently installed concrete panels did not pass inspection on the I-787 repair project near the Port of Albany.

"Basically the dowels were mis-aligned and the reason that's not good is that it would cause premature cracking and deterioration of the panels," said Department of Transportation Spokesman Brian Viggiani.

The spokesman says it doesn't happen often, but it does happen.

He wouldn't agree that it was human error, although his explanation did not really clear the humans involved.

"I think it's more like machinery caused it," said Viggiani. 

Bottom line, the work that was installed had to be taken out and then replaced, this time correctly lined up.

We're told the contractor, Lane Construction, is absorbing the added expense, not the taxpayers.

The I-787 project is budgeted at 28 million bucks, and not scheduled for completion until sometime in 2016.

So there's going to be a lot more traffic rerouting, congestion delays, dust and other traveler annoyance.

We can just hope this is the only example where work is installed improperly so that what has just been done has to be removed and then re-installed.