November 9, 2012 - 11:20amUpdated: November 9, 2012 - 4:12pm
Circle Drive South project in Saskatoon on Nov. 2, 2012. Trelle Burdeniuk/News Talk Radio
It will now likely be the end of July before traffic can travel on the Circle Drive South Bridge.
"It just wouldn't be the right thing to do to open an incomplete project," said city manager Murray Totland.
The contractor's new deadline is July 31, 2012.
Totland said an option to get traffic moving on the bridge sooner would have been to only have as single lane with a single lift of ashphalt.
However, he said that was ruled out because of worries the pavement would give out during the spring thaw.
"We were very concerned about the safety aspects of that," he said.
The $10,000 per day fine for contractor Graham-Flatiron for every day it went past the original Sept. 30 deadline could still apply. However, the fine would not apply for any days from November to the end of March.
Totland also said the contract includes exceptions for extensions where the contractor would not have to pay the fine.