CUMMING, Ga. — The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners considered settling disputes with contractor C.W. Matthews over issues relating to work on two major road projects.

At their regular meeting May 16, commissioners heard a report from County Attorney Ken Jarrard detailing work delays and other complications relating to widening projects on Sharon Road and Union Hill Road.

The company has filed complaints about delays caused by weather and brush ups with utility companies, the county attorney said, and he has tried to work out an arrangement whereby work can continue without further delays.

C.W. Matthews was granted a $208,226 contract with the county in January to work on widening Sharon Road. The project would convert the two-lane road into four lanes with a dividing median and add a 5-foot sidewalk along the east side and a 10-foot-wide multi-use path along the west side of the roadway. The project was set for completion in March, then was allowed an extension to Aug. 5.

Claims have been filed on both sides in the dispute between C.W. Matthews and the county, and just recently, while working on Sharon Road, construction workers struck a pipe that Chairman Laura Semanson said she saw spewing water when she drove by this past week. 

The revised agreement calls for the county to tender to C.W. Matthews $400,000 with the stipulation that all lanes on both projects be open for motorists by Aug. 31. The county also agreed to allow the company a seven-day work week and extended workday hours.

It erases all past claims between the contractor and the county, including damage to the county’s water pipe, which county crews repaired.

“We have attempted as best we can to leverage this issue to achieve both fairness, equity and an accelerated time frame on Sharon to include literally modifying the construction path and allowances on Sharon to get that project done,” Jarrard said.

The measure passed by a vote of 5-0.

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