Despite icy and snowy weather the past week, progress is being made on Benton County's dog shelter under construction at Canal Drive and 1116 Grant Place in Kennewick.
"Weather has slowed us a bit, but we've got the building closed in and are doing interior work now," said Roy Rogers, the county's facilities manager.
Rogers said G2 Commercial Construction, which won the bid for the $815,000 building designed as a 36-dog kennel, still has a chance of completing the job by the end of the year.
"We're still shooting for Jan. 1," he said.
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But the contractor has said Jan. 15 might be more realistic. "That's his date," Rogers said.
Rogers told county commissioners prior to the July ground breaking that the 3,200-square-foot shelter would be ready at the start of the new year.
Rogers said the project did have a slight glitch related to a land survey of the property prior to earthwork. The survey said the lot was a certain height in reference to the road, when the land actually was several feet higher.
Rogers said it appears someone illegally dumped dirt on the county's land after the survey was done, which would explain the discrepancy.
County commissioners this week approved paying a civil engineer $849 to do another survey and provide accurate information.
Rogers said there was no delay in the construction, but if the error had not been corrected it could have cost about $15,000 to remove excess dirt.