Earth & Energy Construction Inc., of Fisherville, is losing $800 a day now for every day the U.S. 60 west road-widening project isn't completed.
Under the liquidated damages period that began Aug. 19, the contractor is assessed $800 each calendar day until the project is finished, according to Barry Sanders, branch manager of construction for the Department of Highway's District 5 office in Louisville (the district which includes Franklin County).
That's mean the delay has cost Earth & Energy Construction $21,600 as of today.
"It's costing us and other businesses, too, every day the project isn't completed," said Mary Jane Willard, owner of Hawkeegan Market on Louisville Road, at the intersection of Cardwell Lane. "But I'm an optimistic person. I think it's going to be completed soon."
The construction work and delays have hurt her business, she said, "but I'm thinking business will pick up when it's finished." A traffic light at the intersection in front of the market and Citgo pumps is a plus, she said, "but we've lost some frontage space. Only one or two cars can park in the front now."