Petersburg's new transit center over budget & behind schedule

By Nicole Bell - bio | email
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PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - A multimillion dollar project in Petersburg is over budget and behind schedule.

The city's new Transit Center was slated to open in May. Now, that date has been pushed back to September. City leaders say "unforeseen circumstances", such as utility coordination, are to blame for the delay. The construction project is about 90 percent complete.

Langston Granderson has watched the structure go up - since construction began back in January 2008.

"The Hardees building was the first they knocked down," said Granderson.

A year and a half later, this 27,000 square foot Transit Center is nearly finished. It's a few months behind schedule and slightly over budget, says Mike Briddell.

"There have been some unforeseen circumstances with concrete and railroad under some of the roadway which has presented some hidden impediments for the contractor," said Mike Briddell, Department of Public Works.

Today, an up close look inside. A mini library, coffee shop and other retail will be inside the facility. The center will be a hub for Petersburg area transit, GTRC and Greyhound.

This is the transit platform. A place where riders will hop on or exit buses. This area is lined with security cameras for safety and there are plenty of benches folks to have a seat while waiting.

City leaders say the transit center will serve as an anchor for the city and hopefully increase ridership.

Granderson says he'll continue to watch and wait for the center to open.

"I just can't wait to have a walk through. To see how it's going to be," he said.

The transit center initially had a price tag totaling 18 million dollars. We asked how much the project was over budget and were told it's unclear at this point. City leaders will have a better idea once construction is done.

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