AT&T Park

March 17, 2011

Fourth Street Bridge trapped in legal limbo

Source: The Examiner (San Francisco), February 19, 2011
By: Joshua Sabatini

The City’s Fourth Street Bridge project was plagued by millions of dollars in cost overruns and hundreds of days over schedule. The bridge work finished in 2006, but the headache continues with mounting legal bills as litigation over the project remains an ongoing court battle.

Next month, the Board of Supervisors will be asked to approve spending an additional $2.8 million to pay for additional legal costs in a lawsuit filed against The City by the contractor selected to complete the Fourth Street Bridge project, San Francisco-based Mitchell Engineering Inc.

Work began in 2003 to renovate the Fourth Street Bridge, a drawbridge which spans the Mission Channel near AT&T Park and is a key component of the Third Street rail line. What was to be a $17 million project taking a year and a half ended up lasting three years and costing “$36 million and change,” according to Curtis Mitchell, owner of Mitchell Engineering. The City has paid him $21 million but he is suing for an additional sum of more than $20 million, which he says he is owed for labor, materials and time. The lawsuit says The City is to blame since it provided faulty designs and analysis of the site’s conditions.…