Calif. city working with contractor's surety to finish project

Officials in San Jose, Calif., and a contractor's surety are pursuing the completion of an $11 million environmental center after the construction contractor filed for bankruptcy protection. The project is $1.6 million over budget and more than half a year behind schedule, officials said. The contractor's earlier work on two city fire stations had been completed months behind schedule. But the city had to select the company to build the environmental center because it was the lowest bidder for the project, said Harry Freitas, San Jose's deputy director of public works.

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