The city of Panama City reached a settlement with AT&T after they sued the company for construction delays on the Jenks Avenue widening project.
The project, on Jenks and 23rd Street, also includes upgrades to stormwater, curbs, and sidewalks. It began in October of 2016 and was only expected to take a year but the city says AT&T failed to remove wires and poles in the way of construction causing a delay and costing the city almost a million dollars in contractor bills which they paid. They sued AT&T and on Tuesday the commission accepted a settlement of nearly $900,000.
“The commissioners and the mayor saw this through. They engaged counsel, we interacted with AT&T, as you know they are an 800 lb gorilla they aren’t easy to deal with and we are very very happy with this settlement,” said the city’s attorney Cliff Higby.
City officials said they should receive the payment within the next 30 days. As for the project, it’s nearly complete.