Posted: Nov 21, 2012 2:54 PM
Updated: Nov 21, 2012 6:41 PM
EDINBURG - Hidalgo County officials have reached an agreement with a contractor over charges for the installation of guardrails.
The settlement reduces the overcharge amount to $43,636.50 from the more than $86,000 the county was demanding from Guerra Construction. The settlement gives the contractor credit for work done.
The county will allow Guerra Construction to "work off" the amount.
The county filed a lawsuit against Guerra Construction in October claiming more than $86,000 in overcharges. The suit also alleged 5,000 wooden posts were missing from the guardrails.
The county's engineer will oversee modifications to the guardrails to make sure they meet state standards. The settlement calls for the installation of the 5,000 posts over the next six months.
The county gave the construction company a year to make the remaining modifications to the guardrails.
Guerra Construction also agreed to pay $25,000 in the county's legal fees.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS exposed the overcharges for the rails eight months ago . The county did not get all the guardrails it paid for, an investigation revealed.