The Marshall County Commissioners approved the first two change orders for the 7th Road Project during their meeting Monday.
Commissioner Kevin Overmyer presented the first one in the amount of $21,182.42. The change order includes 10 additional days for the notice to proceed, revisions to the bridge plan and determination of the piling lengths for the new bridge.
The second change order was the big one…$564,594.00. The more than half million additional came to fruition when it was discovered that some existing soil in the area of the interchange were unsuitable for use as subgrade due to the high organic content. Although soil borings previously indicated that it met standards, the soil in this particular area changes several times within a very short distance. Mr. Trester from CSU estimated the change order cost to be between $450,000 to $500,000 to remove and replace the soil when he appeared before the commissioners at their meeting last month. When the final figures come in it was higher although INDOT and MACOG have secured the additional funding to cover the additional costs.
Overmyer indicated his concern that there may be unsuitable soils along the 7th Road corridor.