Unfinished construction leaves broken sidewalks downtown

"Everybody understands there will be a little pain with progress, right. If you are redoing a street or sidewalk you know it's going to be a little messy for a while," says Liz Swaine, Downtown Development Authority Exec. Director.

That's what Liz Swaine thought, until sidewalk construction stopped three weeks ago, and broken sidewalks remained.

"The work crews were gone, nobody was doing anything and the sidewalks were not prepared," says Swaine.

Leaving the question, who is going to clean up the mess?

"You contacted the public service commission to see if they had a role and we found out that the PSC is the one and they are on the job," says Swaine.

The Public Service Commission was able to tell us the company Nexus Systems, subcontracted the company Scout Services, who is responsible for the sidewalk debris. 

"They have started making calls, they are demanding to know what is going on, they are wanting to know when it will be finished. Where was the ball dropped," says Swaine.

Swaine says this is a perfect example that when you see something that doesn't look right, you should speak up and take action.

"If everybody just assumes that somebody else is calling, it would've been here in 30-years. We still would've had this ugly, torn up sidewalk," says Swaine.

Scout services tells the PSC they left the area in pieces because they were waiting for the ground to dry.

They hope to have the broken areas repaired by Wednesday at the latest.


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