Construction has been halted at Crystal Cove State Park in Southern California, where a $10.5 million campground project has been underway.
The project is one of hundreds of park projects and other construction jobs funded by state bonds that have been put on a list of projects to be shut down or suspended by the state’s Pooled Money Investment Board, according to the Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot.
The 35-acre RV park and campground is considered one of the last ocean campgrounds to be built in the state – and promises to be a huge economic boon to the area when it opens. The park has 3.2 miles of beach and 2,400 acres of undeveloped woodland, which is popular for hiking and horseback riding. The park is located between Laguna Beach and Newport Beach.
Ken Kramer, Orange Coast District superintendent for the California Department of Parks and Recreation, said the construction halt is temporary, but he does not know when workers will be back on the job.
The park project is 40% complete. The contractor, L.A. Engineering, decided to shut down the project Jan. 21 until the firm could be assured it will be paid for the work, Kramer said.
“The governor has issued a directive to temporarily suspend projects with bond funding,” Kramer said. “We are disappointed and frustrated, and hopeful for a resolution so the project can get started again.”
Kramer said that grading, utilities, sewer and water system, foundations for restrooms and other infrastructure have been completed at the site, but there is still much more work to be done, and the shutdown will only add to the final cost.
“This pushes back our opening, which was to have been in early 2010,” Kramer said. “The suspension will cost money to demobilize and remobilize.”