Another day, another Johnson Street Bridge drama…
In yet another installment of bridge-based controversy, the City of Victoria is now being sued for non-payment of approximately $300,000 worth of design work.
WSP Canada Group Ltd., formerly known as MMM Group Ltd., was an engineering consultant for the project. Hired in 2012, the company designed fendering for the new bridge.
But now, they’ve filed a notice of civil claim with the B.C. Supreme Court.
“Outside the initial scope of work”
“The city requested multiple designs of the fendering and further work associated with the fendering that was outside of the initial scope of work contemplated by the engineer agreement,” the statement of claim says (as reported by the Times Colonist).
MMM is asking for payment of $297,312.96 in addition to interest and legal costs.
Estimates put the total cost of the bridge project – not including the fendering – around $105 million, up substantially from the original estimate of $63 million.