Contract change orders responsible for price overruns.
BY CAMDEN SWITA, PACIFICA PATCH
Caltrans' Devil's Slide Tunnels project has run about $30 million over budget, the Half Moon Bay Review reported Wednesday. According to the Review, the cost overruns are a result of several contract change orders made by the state transportation agency over the past four years. The change orders have revised contracts for things such as steel reinforcements and repairs of cracks found by engineers. The extra $30 million brings the total price tag of the project, which would connect the Midcoast to Pacifica, to just over $300 million, the Review reported. Other recent project setbacks have cost both time and money, such as the discovery of "strange" soil patterns that will delay the opening of the tunnels to late 2012 and legal trouble between two area water districts earlier this year.