GRAND AVENUE: City Considers Settlement With Century Link

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The city of Des Moines might recuperate some of the costs of delaying the Grand Avenue Bridge project in the coming weeks.

The city council will vote Monday on whether to approve a settlement with Century Link, the company behind the delay.

According to the city, Century Link, formerly known as Qwest did not remove cables from the Grand Avenue Bridge in time for work to begin in the spring of 2012 as scheduled.  The project did not get underway until early this year and cost the city an additional $129,000.

The settlement calls for Century Link to pay the city $50,000 in the next 30 days to off-set the costs.

The construction of the new bridge is expected to be complete by next fall.