Broken Arrow Terminates Construction Contract Due To Delays, Standards

Thursday, December 5th 2019, 10:14 pm
By: Erick Payne

The City of Broken Arrow is terminating its contract with the company building the retaining wall at Tiger Hill.

That's right across the street from Chick-fil-A at 71st and Lynn Lane.

Construction on the second wall, to reinforce the original one, started at the beginning of this year.

The city said the company building this second wall is behind deadline, and it doesn't meet state standards. This week, the city council told the company they're off the job.

The saga involving the retaining walls at Tiger Hill is far from over.

The project goes back to 2012, when crews built the first $1 million wall.

When parts of it buckled and collapsed, the city decided to build this second $1.5 million wall.

Construction was supposed to end this summer but the contractor, Stronghand, didn't meet deadline extensions.

This fall, a city inspection found more than half of the panel’s workers installed were not up to state standards. City leaders said, "potential failure of these connections may create a situation of global consequences to the entire retaining wall system in place... and might ultimately pose a public safety hazard."

There are gaps in between the steel and concrete, and the anti-graffiti coating on the concrete was wrong. The city said they're also worried about cracks in the soil in between the two walls.

The city asked Stronghand how they planned to fix the problems, but after several letters, said they didn't get an "adequate solution."

The city warned Stronghand in October they were breaching their contract. Then a month later, the city told the company to stop working on the retaining wall.

Stronghand tells me they're committed to providing quality work in a timely manner and stand by the work they've done. They said they're working with subcontractors and the City of Broken Arrow to address the deficiencies, saying "despite these problems, we're still committed to providing a workable solution."

The Company has a few days to respond to the city council's termination. If they don't agree on a plan to move forward, the termination will be final.

City leaders hope to have the rest of the retaining wall finished by the summer of 2020.

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