At the same time, it would be inappropriate to forgive the fine completely, he said. It wouldn't be fair to other contractors who take completion deadlines seriously and work overtime to get the job done. And delayed projects bring an expense to drivers in lost time and fuel because detours are in place longer than necessary.
In the case of the Victory/Stadium roundabout, the Aug. 23 deadline was particularly important because Minnesota State University was about to reopen for the 2012-13 school year and the closure of the intersection meant diverting traffic to Balcerzak Road.
"There was a real cost to the public," Forsberg said. "... We think we've made a very fair and generous offer, and we're hoping to get a settlement here."