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NOVEMBER OPENING: Grand Ave. Bridge Delayed

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It’s news that business owners and commuters alike near the border of Des Moines and West Des Moines have been dreading.

The Grand Avenue Bridge will remain closed for another two months beyond its scheduled completion date.

Thursday morning, the Des Moines-based contractor, Jenco, gave Des Moines city engineers a revised construction schedule.

It pushes the completion date from September 27th to November 29th city engineer Jeb Brewer told Channel 13.

Jenco faces a penalty of $5,000 for each day the bridge remains closed after September 27th.

That adds up to $315,000 if the job is finished on November 29th.

Late Thursday, city council members went around to businesses in the area to explain what’s happening.

The project has been plagued by delays including an archeological discovery that halted construction for three days. The contractor will not be penalized for those days they were unable to work.

Des Moines’ city engineer says construction has picked-up, since a second contractor was brought on to help on the $3.3-million project last month.