BOONE, Iowa—It seems like it’s taken a long time and it has, but this week, work has begun on the balance of the South Marshall Street reconstruction project. The work has been divided into two phases. The first was from Aldrich south to a point past Prairie Street. Another portion of the first phase was the block of South Marshall located west of the Boone County Hospital. The portion of the work from Aldrich south past Prairie reopened a couple of weeks ago. The second phase is the stretch from Union Street to Aldrich. The problem is the work was to have been completed by September 6th. The City Council specifically pushed for that weekend because of Pufferbilly Days and the IMCA Supernationals. At the most recent City Council meeting, Engineer Wayne Schwartz told the Council that the contractor had missed the deadline and still had about three weeks worth of work to complete. Last week, Boone Mayor John Slight on “Tuned In” said the city will investigate the possibility of collecting damages for the extensive delay. The contractor, Godbersen-Smith Construction Company, has claimed a delay for underground work being done on behalf of Alliant Utilities and wet conditions this past spring.