Completion Date for Miami's $1 Billion Project Pushed Back

Miami International Airport's South Terminal won't open for months, crippled by low staffing and late payments to contractors.

A major hindering block is that subcontractors have complained they aren't getting paid fast enough. They just recently got checks for work done in October, and it has generated an atmosphere of distrust.

Cosper said one of the reasons for the late payments is that contractors and subcontractors are not getting invoices to the county on a timely basis.

Subcontractor Hensel Phelps is still calculating hurricane damage from 2005, for example, because it is having difficulty coming up with the back-up material, Cosper said. It will then have to present it to POJV to give to Miami-Dade County.

"The county is ready to pay it," he said. "The contractors have to get it to us to get it paid."

To expedite the process, the county has set due dates for invoices to be in and is allowing POJV to get paid within 22 days. POJV and Hensel Phelps have also fronted money to their subcontractors.

Brejnik said the contractors are committed.

"We are focused on getting this job done."

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