Jul 24, 2014 6:39 PM by Matthew Schwartz
Tucson - The troubled road-widening job on La Canada Drive is expected to be completed in late August. At least that's what the Pima County Department of Transportation tells the News 4 Tucson Investigators.
The DOT has been hitting the general contractor, Select Development, with liquidated damages every working day since it missed the July 1 deadline. So far, Select has racked up $35,000 in damages.
La Canada is being widened from two lanes to four between River Rd. and Ina. That's a stretch of about two miles, and the job has taken more than two years. The project has been plagued by lawsuits between sub-contractors and Select. Several sub-contractors walked off the job, saying Select was months behind in paying them.
The contractor recently filed a $4 million dollar lawsuit against Jim Kuelish, President and CEO of the Alliance of Construction Trades, and ACT as well, for defamation. Kuelish told the News 4 Tucson Investigators the lawsuit is "ridiculous." Kuelish has been a constant critic of Select Development's work.
As the News 4 Tucson Investigators previously reported, court record show that the co-owner of Select Development filed for bankruptcy in 2003, when he was the licensee for another contractor, Rec West.
The News 4 Tucson Investigators have tried repeatedly to interview officials at Select Development, but they have not replied to our office visits or phone calls.