It’s two words that strike fear in the heart of any homeowner getting a kitchen remodeled: “change order.” It usually means bigger numbers on the final payment to the contractor.
But Palm Beach County commissioners Tuesday will hear about a change order that’s going mean a savings of $1.24 million, according to a draft agenda item for Tuesday’s meeting.
The county’s still calculating how much of that will go to county taxpayers, who will split the $1.24 million with the Florida Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration, Stephen O’Neil said Wednesday. O’Neil is chief construction coordinator for the county’s department of engineering and public works.
The money in question is part of a phase of a project to redo a part of County Road 880, also called Old State Road 80, in an area south of “20 Mile Bend,” the jog in State Road 80 that marks pretty much the halfway point between the coast and Lake Okeechobee. He said this phase involve rehabilitating a bank of an adjacent canal.
“They found the contractor was able to do it with less material and less work,” bringing the cost for this phase down from about $4.1 million to about $2.8 million, O’Neil said. He said the savings is unusual but not unheard of.