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Major construction causing major headaches in West Jordan

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Major construction causing major headaches in West Jordan (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) Anger.

Grid lock.

Lost business.

That's what's happening as a result of a major construction project underway along 7000 South in West Jordan, Utah.

The two-mile construction stretch, that started in February, goes from 1300 West to 3200 West and it comes right on the heels of another construction project that just finished up on 7000 South.

The project was supposed to take eight months but now could even go into next year.

"A mess," said resident Bob Ahre said as he looked out over the construction going on in front of his house. "Rocks flying everywhere. Mail boxes get wiped out."

For the Jeffers family who also live along 7000 South, it's a constant problem of trying to get in and out of their driveway.

"It's been a pain in the butt," said John Jeffers.

For business owner Judy Kasue who runs Baraka Beauty Supply and Salon at Redwood Road and 7000 South the construction has caused about a 30 percent in loss in business.

"Something has to be done with the construction," Kasue said. "August was supposed to be our busiest month because of back to school but it was a normal month. People didn't want to come."

She said the other problem is occasionally her water and power will be shut off. "Everyone is struggling," Kasue said, talking about other businesses.

The city said it is also frustrated with the delays and the contractor who had originally said the project would be complete by September or October.

"Absolutely there are concerns. Concerns on the citizens, concerns on the impact of the businesses along 70th. We are trying very hard to get the contractor to move quickly and that's been tough," Dave Brickey, the Interim City Manager for West Jordan said. "The elected officials of West Jordan want to make sure this contractor is accountable for his conduct."

Knife River Contractors, heading up the project, said 2News it has encountered numerous problems they were not expecting when trying to replace 40-year-old sewer and water lines and storm drains and gutters.

As a result, David Midlyng, area manager, said the project "has grown in magnitude of 30 percent"

The city said it's continuously meeting with the contractor and hoping to have an answer on a possible finish date later this week.

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